Past Tense of Ride | Definition, Use & Example Sentences
Because “ride” is an
irregular verb, its past simple form differs from its past participle form.
Rode is the past simple form. It’s used to talk about an action or event that occurred in the past.
Ridden is the past participle form. It’s used to form perfect tenses and the passive voice.
Examples: Rode in a sentence
Examples: Ridden in a sentence
Jan and Tom
rode the roller coaster twice. We have
ridden the bus every day this week.
rode her bike to work. The horse had never been
How to use rode
The past simple form “rode” is used to describe a past action or event.
Examples: How to use rodeJessica rode a motorcycle across the US.
The thief stole a car and
rode to work with my co-workers yesterday.
How to use ridden
Ridden is the past participle form of “ride.” It’s used to form perfect tenses (i.e., to show an action that was completed before another action) and to form the (i.e., to form sentences in which the subject is acted upon rather than performing the action). passive voice
Examples: How to use ridden a horse many times before the accident.
Amia had ridden
in a hot air balloon before. I have never ridden
The bike was damaged because
while the tires were flat. it had been ridden Worksheet: Rode or ridden
You can test your understanding of the difference between “rode” and “ridden” with the worksheet below. Fill in either “rode” or “ridden” in each sentence.
Donna has never _______ a motorcycle.
Iain _______ a camel when he was on holiday.
The bike has not been _______ in years because the chain is damaged.
Donna has never
ridden a motorcycle.
“Ridden” is the
past participle form of “ride.” It’s used to form perfect tenses.
rode a camel when he was on holiday.
past simple form “rode” is used to describe a past action or event.
The bike has not been
ridden in years because the chain is damaged.
“Ridden” is also used to form the
passive voice (i.e., to form sentences in which the subject is acted upon rather than performing the action).
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Frequently asked questions
What is the past participle of “ride”?
The past participle form of “ride” is ridden . It’s used to form perfect tenses (e.g., “I have ridden on an elephant before”) and to form the passive voice (e.g., “The bike hasn’t been ridden in a long time”).
It’s wrong to use the past simple form “rode” instead in these contexts. For example, “The bike hasn’t been rode” is incorrect.
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