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VerbMatrix has two types of Irregular Verb Lists: lists of Core Irregular Verbs (i.e. draw) and lists of Prefixed Irregular Verbs (i.e. draw → withdraw).
Core Verb Lists
There are four levels of Core Irregular Verb Lists: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Master.
The Beginner List includes the 80 most frequently used irregular verbs.
The Intermediate List includes the 140 most frequently used irregular verbs; all the verbs on the Beginner List plus 60 additional verbs.
The Advanced List includes the 180 most frequently used irregular verbs; all the verbs on the Intermediate List plus 40 additional verbs.
The Master List includes all the verbs on the Advanced List plus archaic, rare and obsolete verbs. It is intended mostly for researchers, linguists, literature students and teachers, and is not recommended for students of English as a Foreign Language. The Master List is only available in English.
All four levels of Irregular Verb Lists are organized in two different formats: an Easy-to-Memorize format where verbs are grouped by pronunciation patterns (see Information for Teachers and Researchers for details), and the traditional Alphabetical format, for a total of eight lists. On all eight Irregular Verb Lists there are several Core Verbs that are linked to a list of corresponding Prefixed Irregular Verbs which follow the same pattern in the past and past participle. These linked Prefixed Irregular Verb Lists are also level appropriate.
Prefixed Verb Lists
There are also two complete Prefixed Irregular Verb Lists, one organized by verbs and the other by prefixes.
The list organized by verbs includes all the Core Verbs in alphabetical order that are prefixed to take on new meanings. Each Core Verb is accompanied by its corresponding Prefixed Verbs with their Past and Past Participle patterns.
The list organized by prefixes lists all the prefixes in alphabetical order that are attached to Core Verbs to give them new meanings. Each prefix is accompanied by its corresponding Prefixed Verbs with their Past and Past Participle patterns.
The Prefixed Irregular Verb Lists are for consultation, are only available in English and, like the Master List, are not recommended for students of English as a Foreign Language.
The Beginner List of 80 Core Verbs links to 30 level appropriate Prefixed Verbs for a total of 110 verbs.
The Intermediate List of 140 Core Verbs links to 50 level appropriate Prefixed Verbs for a total of 190 verbs.
The Advanced List of 180 Core Verbs links to 80 level appropriate Prefixed Verbs for a total of 260 verbs. Together with its linked prefixed verbs, this list includes all the irregular verbs necessary to maintain an educated conversation in English.
The Master List has 252 Core Verbs and is linked to 432 Prefixed Verbs for a total of 684 verbs, making VerbMatrix the most complete list of irregular English verbs available anywhere.
The eight Core Verb Lists (four Easy-to-Memorize and four Alphabetical), combined with the two Prefixed Verb Lists (one organized by verbs, the other by prefixes) make a total of ten lists.
The Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced lists, are available in printing format for both the Easy-to-Memorize and Alphabetical versions. Each printable page has a print icon or you can click here to see printable lists.
Each verb on all ten Irregular Verb Lists is accompanied by at least two Icons, several will have three and a small number of verbs will have four.
All verbs are accompanied by an Audio Link Icon () which allows the student to hear the pronunciation of the Base Form, the Past(s) and the Past Participle(s).
All verbs are accompanied by a Definition
Link Icon ()
which allows the student
to see the verb’s definition or translation.
Some verbs on the Core Irregular
Verb Lists are accompanied by a Prefixed Verb Link Icon ()
which allows the student to see a list of corresponding
level appropriate Prefixed Verbs.
A small number of verbs are accompanied by
a Footnote Link Icon ()
where unusual circumstances are explained.