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What Is The Past Tense of Bite

The verb “to bite” in English can have a variety of meanings, ranging from a literal sense relating to the action of clamping down on something with one’s teeth or mouth, to a more figurative sense where we use it to describe pain felt at the onset of things like sharp winter winds.

The simple past tense of bite is “bit” while the past participle is “bitten.”

We’ll explore more about this word and its past tense forms below.

What is the past tense of “bite”?

Bite (verb):

(1) Use one’s teeth to cut into something or through something

(2) To deliver sharp (and usually painful) cold

  • Infinitive                     to bite
  • Simple Past                bit
  • Past Participle             bitten
What Is The Past Tense of Bite

Conjugation Table of “bite”

 PronounInfinitiveSimple PastPresent PerfectPresent Continuous
Ibitebithave bittenam biting
You (sing.)bitebithave bittenare biting
He/She/Itbitesbithas bittenis biting
Webitebithave bittenare biting
You (pl.)bitebithave bittenare biting
Theybitebithave bittenare biting

Example Sentences of “bite”

(1) Use one’s teeth to cut into something or through something

  • He bit hungrily and eagerly into a delicious sandwich
  • Wait for the fish to bite before you start reeling them in
  • Children often go through a period where they are likely to bite parents, caregivers or even their peers, but it’s quite normal.

(2) To deliver sharp (and usually painful) cold

  • The wind was biting at my face as it blew
  • The early-morning cold really bites, so you should wrap up warm

What Is The Past Tense of Bite

Focus: Past Tense of Bite

To understand the word “bite” a lot better, and especially how to use it in the past tense, we have prepared a number of example sentences that make use of all of the following forms:

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

Simple Past of “bite”

  • The young girl bit the teacher in anger, causing him to yowl in pain
  • I bit into the cookie, but unfortunately cracked a tooth on one of the hard candies inside
  • He bit down on his tongue by accident, sending shockwaves of pain through his body

Present Perfect of “bite”

  • My dog has bitten me before, but we have since seen a behavior specialist and now she would never do that
  • Have you ever bitten another person? It’s a strange experience
  • I have bitten directly into ice cream before, but can’t do that now because my teeth are too sensitive

Past Continuous of “bite”

  • I saw that he was biting down on the toy quite hard…how did you get it from him?
  • We were just biting into our tacos when we heard the fire alarm and had to leave
  • The wind was biting at my face all afternoon while I walked the dogs

Past Perfect of “bite”

  • He had bitten his brother on the arm before he could even think about retaliating
  • You had already bitten into the sandwich before you noticed that there was a dead insect inside it?

Understanding the Verb “Bite”

“Bite” originates from the Old English “bitan,” meaning “to pierce or cut with the teeth.” It’s used both literally and figuratively.

Phrasal Verbs with “Bite”

  1. Bite off: To use your teeth to cut, wound, or tear something.
    • He bit off a large piece of the apple.
    • Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
  2. Bite back: To suppress or hold back an emotion or comment.
    • She bit back her tears during the sad movie.
    • He wanted to yell but bit back his anger.
  3. Bite into: To start to eat something.
    • She eagerly bit into the juicy burger.
    • The apple was so crisp and fresh when I bit into it.

Common Mistakes with “Bite”

  • Incorrect: I have bited the sandwich.
  • Correct: I have bitten the sandwich.
  • Incorrect: The snake has bite him.
  • Correct: The snake has bitten him.

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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