Past Tense For Slip: Slipt Or Slipped? (Pronunciation & Usage)

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense For Slip?

Past tense is one of the 12 tenses in English grammar. You can find it so tricky, and we kid you not. To master the language, at least you must learn the common verbs by heart, like the verb lend and the verb ride.

Today, let’s delve into another lesson with the past tense of slip, which is slipped. You can spell it S-L-I-P-P-E-D. 

For more English verbs’ types of forms of “slip”, check out the following table:

Base Form/Derived Form (V1) slip
Present Form/3rd Person/Singular Form (V2) slips
Past Form (V3) slipped
Past Participle Form (V4) slipped
Present Participle/Gerund (V5) slipping

How To Pronounce Slip Past Tense Correctly?

This table gives an overview of the pronunciation of the verb “slip” in American and British English (vary from language to language).

The reliable online Oxford Dictionary is the foundation for our analysis of these English verbs.

Form of word


British English

American English
slip /slɪp/



/slɪps/ /slɪps/
slipped /slɪpt/



/slɪpt/ /slɪpt/
slipping /ˈslɪpɪŋ/


How About The Slip Definition?

Continue your investigation of the verb’s meaning. Never overlook its usefulness; it will make you seem more competent in daily social encounters.

To better understand this concept, scroll down to view the explanation and relevant examples:

  1. To be free; to make yourself/somebody/something free from something.
  • His ships slip their moorings at midnight.
  • His ships slipped their moorings at midnight.
  • His ships had slipped their moorings at midnight.

2. To put on/take off clothes easily and quickly.

  • My father slips a jacket over his T-shirt.
  • My father slipped a jacket over his T-shirt.
  • My father had slipped a jacket over his T-shirt.

3. To pass into a special situation or state, notably an unpleasant and challenging one.

  • They slip behind their schedule.
  • They slipped behind their schedule.
  • They had slipped behind their schedule.

4. To become worse or fall to one lower level.

  • At the moment, the Conservatives slip in these polls.
  • At that moment, the Conservatives slipped in these polls.
  • Since Sunday, the Conservatives had slipped in those polls.

5. To put S.T somewhere quickly, secretly and quietly.

  • My wee boy slips his head around that window.
  • My wee boy slipped his head around that window.
  • My wee boy had slipped his head around that window.

6. To reach somewhere quietly and quickly, notably without being noticed.

  • My cat slips out of the living room before the guests come.
  • My cat slipped out of the living room before the guests came.
  • My cat had slipped out of the living room before the guests came.

7. To slide out of your hand/a position.

  • Her hand slips when chopping the cucumbers, and she cuts herself.
  • Her hand slipped when chopping the cucumbers, and she cut herself.
  • Her hand had slipped when chopping the cucumbers, and she cut herself.

8. To slide a distance by chance so that you nearly fall or fall.

  • I get on my feet, run towards the bridge, and then slip.
  • I got on my feet, ran towards the bridge, and slipped.
  • I had got on my feet and run towards the bridge, then slipped.

A Daily Challenge With The Types Of Forms For “Slip”

Have a quick word challenge done by choosing the exact form of verb:

  1. His popularity ……………. further after a series of scandals last year.

a. slip   b. slipped   c. slips    d. slipping

2. She ………………. out of her clothes and steps into the shower.

a. slipping   b. slipped   c. slips   d. slip


  • B (slipped – simple past tense)
  • C (slips – simple present tense)


Is Slip An Irregular Verb?

No. Slip is a regular verb  since we add an -ed to form the past participle form and past-tense form of the base verb ‘slip’.

What Is The Past Tense For Slip: Slipt Or Slipped?

The correct is the latter, we mean, it’s “slipped”. To explain, “slip” is just a regular verb.

What Are Idioms For Slip? 

  1. Let slip ST: ​to give someone details that are assumed to be secret.
  2. (Slip thrown) out of gear: out of control.
  3. Let ST slip: ​to fail or miss to use a chance.
  4. Slip through the net/cracks: ​when a system or an organization fails to deal with and find something (that slips through the cracks).
  5. Slip S.O’s mind: ​forget to do or forger ST.
  6. Slip off the tongue: ​to be simple to pronounce or say.
  7. Slip S.B over on S.B: to trick someone.

What Is Slip Present Tense – Types Of Forms?

It’s slip, slips, and slipping (verb forms V1 V2, and V5), look at this table to learn more about the form of slip:

Present Tense Slip
Present Tense (Third-person form) Slips
Past Tense Slipped
Past Participle Slipped
Present Participle Slipping

Is Slip A Noun?

Yes, slip is also a noun, not just a verb. Here comes a list of the noun slip’s definitions:

  1. A player stands behind and to one batsman’s side and tries to catch the ball; the place on the field wherein that player stands.
  2. A piece of underwear, such as a thin skirt or dress, is worn under one piece of clothing.
  3. An act of slipping.
  4. A tiny piece of paper, notably one with something printed on it or for writing.
  5. A minor mistake by not drawing attention or being careless.

What Does “Slip Down” Mean?

  1. To shift anything into a lower point or location quickly, covertly, or secretively. 
  2. To drop to a lower point, as in ranks or value.
  3. To slide or descend anything in an uncontrolled manner.
  4. To quickly slide something down to the ground. Used most frequently concerning clothing. You can insert a noun or pronoun between “slip” and “down.”
  5. To hide or stow something inside another object at a lower level.