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Past Tense of Learn

“Learn” is a verb that those studying English will likely learn early on in their journey. Not only is it a fairly frequent verb, often used in other expressions such as “learn one’s lesson” and so on, but it is also among the more meaningful English verbs.

It indeed carries a profound meaning in that it deals with the acquisition of knowledge and understanding, an action that can be life-changing for anyone.

What is the past tense of “learn”?

Learn (verb):

InfinitiveSimple PastPast Participle
to learnlearned / learntlearned / learnt

(1) To acquire knowledge, understanding or skill in something

  • Infinitive                       to learn
  • Simple Past                 learned (learnt in British English)
  • Past Participle             learned (learnt in British English)

Conjugation Table

 PronounInfinitiveSimple PastPresent PerfectPresent Continuous
Ilearnlearnedhave learnedam learning
You (sing.)learnlearnedhave learnedare learning
He/She/Itlearnslearnedhas learnedis learning
Welearnlearnedhave learnedare learning
You (pl.)learnlearnedhave learnedare learning
Theylearnlearnedhave learnedare learning

Example Sentences

(1) To acquire knowledge, understanding or skill in something

  • Children around the world learn mathematics and science in many different ways
  • You probably learned your multiplication tables in elementary school
  • I heard that you are learning French in your free time, is that true?
  • We have learned our lesson after this terrible experience. We’ll never do that again!
  • Adults tend to struggle in learning new things quickly.
past tense learn

Focus: Past Tense of Learn

The verb “learn” is a critical one to master since it describes exactly what you are doing as you are studying English. It is also very likely that you will want to discuss things you have learned in the past, both practical and emotional.

Life is a long journey, and we are learning all the time. To help you master the past tense of “learn” we have prepared some example sentences using the following tenses:

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

Simple Past

  • She learned the language surprisingly quickly
  • After winning the lottery, we quickly learned that money truly can’t buy happiness
  • They learned many important lessons in life, none better than the importance of family

Present Perfect

  • You have learned to scuba dive before, haven’t you?
  • I have learned much from your lesson, thank you!
  • He has learned German for 10 years already, but even now he can’t speak fluently

Past Continuous

  • We were learning math with Professor Lupus until he became seriously ill
  • I have been learning computer science for the past 6 months, but I’m still struggling to understand what the teacher is saying half the time
  • He was learning his lines for the play all day yesterday

Past Perfect

  • You had learned all that you needed to know from there, so you left. I understand your decision
  • I found that I had learned all the wrong things before the exam, which negatively impacted my final scores.

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 and our past tense resources by clicking on the links in the table below and in the resource list below that.

Table 2: Table of Links for irregular Past Tense Verbs

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We also have articles and worksheets which we will link examples of below, and if you need more you can try the search box.

I have been a teacher of English for over 15 years, in that time i made hundreds and thousands of resources and learnt so much i think its worth sharing. Hopefully to help teachers and parents around the world.

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