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English Grammar | List of Irregular Verbs in English [B]

Explore the list of irregular verbs in English starting with the letter B, accompanied by audio for pronunciation clarity.
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Welcome to our complete guide on irregular verbs in English. Here, you’ll find a full list of irregular verbs starting with the letter ‘B‘. Each verb is listed for easy reference, accompanied by example sentences, and audio recordings are provided for correct pronunciation

Some verbs on the list are marked with an asterisk (*), indicating they also have a regular form.

Irregular Verbs In English [B]

INFINITIVEPAST SIMPLEPAST PARTICIPLEEXAMPLE SENTENCES
be
[biː]
was/were
[wəz]/[wər]
been
[bɪn]
'She is happy.'

'He was tired yesterday.'

'They have been here before.'
bear
[ber]
bore
[bɔːr]
borne
[bɔːrn]
'She bears the heavy load easily.'

'He bore the pain bravely.'

'They have borne many challenges together.'
beat
[biːt]
beat
[biːt]
beaten
['bitən]
'He beats the drum loudly.'
[to hit repeatedly]

'She beat her opponent in the race yesterday.'
[to defeat]

'They have beaten their previous record.'
[to set a new record]
become
[bɪˈkʌm]
became
[bɪˈkeɪm]
become
[bɪˈkʌm]
'She becomes a doctor next year.'

'He became a teacher after college.'

'They have become good friends over time.'
begin
[bɪˈɡɪn]
began
[bɪˈɡæn]
begun
[bɪˈɡʌn]
'The class begins at 8:30 AM.'

'She began her new project last Monday.'

'He has begun to feel more confident lately.'
bend
[bend]
bent
[bent]
bent
[bent]
'He bends down to tie his shoes.'
[to lean over]

'She bent the metal spoon with her hands.'
[to curve]

'He has bent the rules to accommodate everyone.'
[to adapt]
bet
[bεt]
bet
[bεt]
bet
[bεt]
'He bets on horse races occasionally.'

'He bet on the wrong horse last weekend.'

'He has bet against the odds and won.'
be
[biː]
was/were
[wəz]/[wər]
been
[bɪn]
'She is happy.'

'He was tired yesterday.'

'They have been here before.'
bite
[baɪt]
bit
[bɪt]
bitten
[ˈbɪtən]
'She bites her nails when she's nervous.'

'The dogs bit their toys to pieces yesterday.'

'They have bitten into the chocolate bar already.'
bleed
[bliːd]
bled
[blɛd]
bled
[blɛd]
'She bleeds from her nose occasionally.'

'The cut bled for a few minutes.'

'The patient has bled excessively.'
blow
[bloʊ]
blew
[bluː]
blown
[bloʊn]
'He blows out the candles on his birthday cake.'

'The wind blew fiercely last night.'

'He has blown her nose into a tissue.'
break
[breɪk]
broke
[broʊk]
broken
[ˈbroʊkən]
'He always breaks the chocolate bar in half to share.'

'He broke his leg while skiing last winter.'

'He has broken the window accidentally.'
breed
[briːd]
bred
[brɛd]
bred
[brɛd]
'They breed rabbits on their farm.'

'She bred chickens for their eggs.'

'They have bred champion dogs for years.'
bring
[brɪŋ]
brought
[brɔːt]
brought
[brɔːt]
'I bring my lunch to work every day.'

'She brought a cake to the party last weekend.'

'She has brought her camera to capture the moment.'
broadcast
[ˈbrɔdkæst]
broadcast*
[ˈbrɔdkæst]
broadcast*
[ˈbrɔdkæst]
'She broadcasts her podcast twice a week.'

'The television station broadcast the game last night.'

'They have broadcast live events for years.'
build
[bɪld]
built
[bɪlt]
built
[bɪlt]
'She builds sandcastles on the beach.'

'They built a new school last year.'

'She has built her own business from scratch.'
burn
[bɜːrn]
burnt*
[bɜːrnt]
burnt*
[bɜːrnt]
'She burns incense to create a relaxing atmosphere.'

'He burnt his hand on the hot stove.'

'She has burnt herself while cooking.'
burst
[bɜrst]
burst
[bɜrst]
burst
[bɜrst]
'The balloon bursts when you blow too much air into it.'

'She burst into tears when she heard the sad news.'

'He has burst into laughter at the joke.'
buy
[baɪ]
bought
[bɔːt]
bought
[bɔːt]
'He buys a newspaper on his way to work.'

'She bought a gift for his friend's birthday.'

'She has bought tickets for the concert next week.'

* Verb forms marked with a star (*) also have a regular form.

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