A person who beats the competition and has the best performance wins. He or she is the winner. Winning is the opposite of losing. The word "win" is an irregular verb:
- Their team has won ten games so far this season. (This sentence is in the present perfect tense.)
- Theresa always wins when she plays ping pong (ping pong = table tennis) .
- The game was won in overtime. (This sentence is in the passive voice.)
- You won’t win if you don’t try.
- Who’s winning?
He won the race. He’s the winner.
The word "win" is also a noun:
- How many wins does he have?
- Their team had twelve wins last year.
- They need another three wins in order to get into the playoffs.
- Who was the winner? (The winner is a person.)
The word "winning" is a gerund:
- Winning is the objective for most people who play games.
- It’s important to remember that winning isn’t everything.
- Do you like winning games?
- Who made the winning goal?
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This page was first published on August 2, 2012. It was updated on June 29, 2015.