Last updated on February 17th, 2024 at 11:38 pm
What’s the past tense of “spread”?
- The past tense of spread is spread. This is the only past form of spread.
- Spread is an irregular verb with the same present and past tense form.
- Spreaded is often mistaken as the past tense of spread. Most view spreaded as an error and a nonstandard variant; it’s best to avoid “spreaded” and stick to spread as the past tense and past participial forms.
Forms of “spread”
|I will spread
|I am spreading
|I was spreading
|I will be spreading
|I have spread
|I had spread
|I will have spread
|I have been spreading
|I had been spreading
|I will have been spreading
Irregular verbs (with one past tense conjugation)
Certain verbs, like spread, show no change between their present and past tense verb forms. For this reason, spread and other similar verbs are irregular. Regular verbs add “-ed” to denote the past tense. Irregular verbs end in something other than “-ed” in the past tense, such as spread.
When verbs appear identical in both the past and present tense, how we’ determine tense is by paying attention to the other grammatical aspects in the same sentence (as demonstrated by the chart above). See the chart of other verbs with one form in the present/past tense.
Sentences with “spread” (present tense)
She spreads cream cheese on her bagel every morning.
The wildfire spreads rapidly through the dry forest.
The news spreads like a virus on social media.
He spreads fertilizer in the garden to help the plants grow.
The student spreads out all the materials before starting the project.
Sentence examples with “spread” (past tense)
Last week, they spread a layer of mulch in the garden.
The disease spread to neighbouring towns before it was contained.
She spread a blanket on the beach and watched the suns go down.
We spread a layer of icing on the freshly baked cake.
He spread the map out on the table to plan the road trip.
Examples with “spread” (past participle)
The virus has spread uncontrollably in recent weeks.
The message has been spread to raise awareness about the cause.
The butter should be spread evenly on the toast.
The news had already spread to all corners of the city.
They found the disease had spread further than they had anticipated.
Phrases with “spread”
|To be spread too thin
|to be overworked or overwhelmed by too many tasks or having to much to do
|Spread on thick
|to embellish or overstate a response
|To spread/cast a wide net
|to open yourself to a variety of options
|To spread like wildfire
|for something to catch on extremely fast
|Ill news spreads apace
|bad news spreads quickly
|Spread your wings
|to live independently and explore life’s opportunities
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- “spread.” TheFreeDictionary.com. 2023. Farlex, Inc. 20 Dec. 2023 https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/spread