What Is The Past Tense For Hope? All Answered

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Past Tense For Hope

What Is The Past Tense For Hope?

The past tense for hope is “hoped.” It is because, like the verb walk, “hope” is a regular verb in English and follows the usual pattern of adding “-ed” to form the past tense. When the verb ends in “e,”  you just need to add “d” to it.

The past participle of hope is also “hoped.” We use the past participle when we want to form certain verb tenses, such as the present perfect or past perfect tense.

You can check out the table below for more verb forms of hope.

Base/Infinitive Form (V1) hope
Present Form/3rd Person/Singular Form hopes
Past Form (V2) hoped
Past Participle Form (V3) hoped
Present Participle/Gerund hoping

How To Pronounce “Hope” And “Hoped” Correctly?

According to the Oxford Learners Dictionaries, the IPA transcription of hope is /həʊp/, and the past tense hoped is pronounced as /həʊpt/. You can take a look at the table below for more details.

Verb Forms Pronunciation 
British English language American English language
hope /həʊp/ /həʊp/
hoped (V2) /həʊpt/ /həʊpt/
hoped (V3)  /həʊpt/ /həʊpt/
hoping /həʊpɪŋ/ /həʊpɪŋ/

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What Are The Definitions Of Hope? How To Use Hoped?

The verb hope has several meanings depending on the context. Its V2 also has the same meanings as the basic form. “Hoped” is used to describe an action or event that happened in the past and is now completed. 

You can check out all its meanings and examples below:

  • To want/expect something to happen or be true

I hoped that I would get the job I applied for.

I hoped I could handle the problem, but unfortunately I didn’t.

  • To believe that something good might happen/To feel optimistic about something

She hoped that she would be able to pass the exam.

They hoped that the weather would clear up so they could go on their camping trip.

  • To trust or rely on something

We hoped that our new product would be successful.

I hoped that my friend would keep her promise and meet me at the coffee shop.

  • To wish for something to happen, even though it may not be likely

He hoped to go to the moon someday.

She hoped that she would win the lottery, even though the chances were very slim.


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Past Tense For Hope

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  1. He ____ that the storm would pass without causing any damage.

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We ____ to see our favorite band in concert last night.

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They ____ to go on vacation next month.

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He ________ that he would pass the exam, and he did.

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She ___ that he will call her back.

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They ________ that the weather would be good for the picnic.

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Last month, I _______ that I would get the job. But now, everything seems in vain.

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Is “Hope” Both a Transitive And Intransitive Verb?

Yes. According to Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries, “hope” can be both a transitive and an intransitive verb. 

When used without an object, it is an intransitive verb, expressing a feeling or desire for something to happen. When used with an object, it is a transitive verb, expressing a desire or wish for a specific outcome or thing.


  • Intransitive: ‘Do you think it will be sunny tomorrow?’ ‘I hope so.’ (you don’t need an object)
  • Transitive: I hope that you can come to the party. (you need an object)

What Are The Synonyms And Antonyms Of The Verb Hope?

Common synonyms of the verb hope are: Anticipate, aspire, count on, desire, long for, expect, pray, trust, and wish.

Common antonyms of the verb hope are: Despair, doubt, fear, give up, resign, and surrender.

Is Hope A Noun? Is It a Countable or Uncountable Noun?

Yes, “hope” is also a noun. Below are the different meanings of the noun “hope” with examples:

  • A feeling of trust/expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen

Example: I have hope that my team will win the game tonight.

  • A person or thing that gives someone reasons to hope

Example: The team’s strong performance in the first half of the game gave their fans hope that they would win.

  • A chance or likelihood of something happening

Example: There is hope that we will find a solution to this problem.

  • A feeling of trust in a specific religion or belief system:

Example: My hope is in God to guide me through difficult times.

Hope can be both countable and uncountable. As a countable noun, “hope” can refer to individual instances of hope. For example, “I have two hopes for the future.”

As an uncountable noun, “hope” can refer to the concept of hope in general, without specifying a particular number or quantity. For example, “Hope is what keeps us going.”

What Are Some Idioms And Phrasal Verbs Of Hope?


Example: John was starting to feel discouraged. But he still held out hope that he would find something soon.

  • Pin one’s hopes on: To depend on someone or something for success or a positive outcome

Example: Mary had pinned her hopes on getting accepted to her dream college.

  • Beyond hope: Something that is impossible or unlikely to happen

Example: The doctors told the family that the patient’s condition was beyond hope, and there was nothing more they could do.

  • Stand a chance/hope of: to be able to do something.

Example: Jenna still stands a hope of passing that exam.

Phrasal verbs:

  • Hope for (something) or hope of (doing something): to desire or wish for something to happen or want to do something in the future

Example: I’m hoping for good weather this weekend, so I can go on a hike.

We hope of finishing this house before welcoming the new baby home.