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:

past participle
  • 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.