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What is The Past Tense of Dream

The verb “dream” refers to the act of experiencing thoughts, images and often strange but real-feeling happenings while asleep or falling asleep. Besides this, it can also refer to any time one indulges in moments of fantasy or imagination while awake. The latter is also sometimes known as “daydreaming.”

The past tense of “dream” is “dreamed” or “dreamt” and the past participles are also the same. We will include examples with both past tense and participle forms in our explanations below.

What is the past tense of “dream”?

Dream (verb):

(1) Experience thoughts, images, and actions in one’s mind while asleep or falling asleep

(2) To indulge in fantasy or imagination while awake

  • Infinitive                       to dream
  • Simple Past                dreamed or dreamt
  • Past Participle             dreamed or dreamt

Conjugation Table

 PronounInfinitiveSimple PastPresent PerfectPresent Continuous
Idreamdreamed/dreamthave dreamed/dreamtam dreaming
You (sing.)dreamdreamed/dreamthave dreamed/dreamtare dreaming
He/She/Itdreamsdreamed/dreamthas dreamed/dreamtis dreaming
Wedreamdreamed/dreamthave dreamed/dreamtare dreaming
You (pl.)dreamdreamed/dreamthave dreamed/dreamtare dreaming
Theydreamdreamed/dreamthave dreamed/dreamtare dreaming

Example Sentences of “dream”

(1) Experience thoughts, images, and actions in one’s mind while asleep or falling asleep

  • I find that I dream far less now than I did as a child
  • Do you dream every night?
  • He dreamed something truly terrifying last night, and was telling me about it this morning

(2) To indulge in fantasy or imagination while awake

  • He was dreaming about quitting his office job and opening a beach bar in Thailand
  • I have always dreamed of becoming a famous singer and going on tour
  • It’s okay to dream, but we should keep one foot in reality

Focus: Past Tense of Dream

We have prepared some more examples below that demonstrate how dream can be used in its various past-tense forms. The following tenses will be used:

  • Simple past
  • Present perfect
  • Past continuous
  • Past perfect

Simple Past of “dream”

  • When I was child, I dreamt about monsters most nights, but I have grown out of it now
  • I dreamed the strangest things last night, and I wonder if it was because of what I ate for dinner
  • He dreamt of a large house with a big garden for years, but year after year continued to live in a tiny apartment

Present Perfect of “dream”

  • I have dreamt of owning my own business for so long
  • We have long dreamt of visiting Machu Picchu, and now we have done it
  • You have dreamed about the same white horse every night? I wonder what that means

Past Continuous of “dream”

  • I think you were dreaming last night; you were tossing and turning a lot
  • We were just dreaming when we thought we could afford that new car
  • I was dreaming about the most wonderful thing when my alarm clock rang

Past Perfect of “dream”

  • I had always dreamt of owning my own farm, but I never had the courage to buy one
  • We had dreamt of visiting Venice when we were young, but have since learned it’s a bit overrated

Understanding the Verb “Dream”

Derived from Old English “drēam,” which originally meant “joy” or “music,” today’s meaning of “dream” as a sequence of images in sleep or a cherished aspiration has evolved over time.

Phrasal Verbs with “Dream”

  1. Dream up: To think of or invent something, often an idea or plan.
    • He’s always dreaming up new schemes to make money.
    • I need to dream up a topic for my next article.
  2. Dream about/of: To think about something desired or a vision during sleep.
    • I often dream of living on a tropical island.
    • She dreamed about a mysterious stranger last night.
  3. Dream on: Used to tell someone that what they are hoping for is unlikely to happen.
    • “I think I’ll win the lottery this week.” “Dream on!”

Common Mistakes with “Dream”

  • Incorrect: I have dreamt of this moment since years.
  • Correct: I have dreamt of this moment for years.
  • Incorrect: She dream about him last night.
  • Correct: She dreamt about him last night.

We also have a full list of irregular verbs from A – Z on the site which you can access from the link here.

You can check other past tense words by clicking on the links in the table below.

Table 2: Table of Links for irregular Past Tense Verbs

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