Purple Level

Lesson Three


put / put / put / putting

The verb "put" is one of those words you learn first in English. Use "put" for placing objects in a place or in various places.

It’s almost impossible to speak English without "put."

It’s also just about impossible to use "put" without an object and a preposition after it. (I put the milk away. The word "milk" is an object; the word "away is a preposition.)

Many students are confused by this irregular verb because it doesn’t change its form very much–just "put."


 I put the bread on the cutting board before cutting it.
They put water into the sink before doing the dishes. They also put soap in the water.
doing dishes
She’s putting some fish in the oven.
Do you like to put mustard on a hotdog?
hot dog
He was put in prison because he killed someone.
She put on a blue shirt and jeans today. She also put her backpack on.
female student
present tense: put / puts
past tense: put
future: will put
present continuous: am / are / is putting
past continuous: was / were putting
future continuous: will be putting
present perfect: has / have put
past perfect: had put
future perfect: will have put
present perfect continuous: has / have been putting
past perfect continuous: had been putting
future perfect continuous: will have been putting
modal verbs: ______ put
past tense modal: ______ have put
infinitive: to put
gerund: putting
passive: yes

Click here for idioms that use the verb "put."

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Click here for an exercise:

put + preposition

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the verb "use"