Past Tense Of Bet: Betted Or Bet?

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Bet?

Past Tense Of Bet

The bet past tense and past participle is BET (B-E-T), like its base form. This is the same as the past tense of let or past tense of put in English grammar. 

Take a peek at a short table to learn about all English verb tenses of “bet”:

Base/Infinitive Form (V1) bet
Present Form/3rd Person/Singular Form bets
Past Form (V2) bet
Past Participle Form (V3) bet
Present Participle/Gerund betting

Here is a brief video to help you remember all its verb forms better:

How To Pronounce “Bet” Properly? 

The second table will highlight the British and American English accents of all verb forms of “bet”. The bet and betted pronunciation can be checked on the Oxford or Cambridge dictionary:

Verb Forms Pronunciation
British English language American English


bet /bet/ /bet/
bets /bets/ /bets/
bet(V2) /bet/ /bet/
bet(V3) /bet/ /bet/
betting /ˈbetɪŋ/ /ˈbetɪŋ/

What Are The Definitions Of The Verb Bet?

Whip up today’s lesson with the meanings of the terms with usage examples:

  1. To risk your money on an event or a race by trying to predict the outcome.
  • That gambler already bet his life savings, and fortunately, he finally won plenty of money.
  • The dumb boy had just bet all his money at that turn.
  1. To say that you’re almost sure that something will happen or something is entirely accurate.
  • She bet the moment I sat down, the phone would ring.
  • All attendees have bet that the campaign would take place soon.

Quick Word Challenge: Choose The Correct Options

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Past Tense Of Bet

Spend a little time on these 5 exercises for the past tense of “bet”. After picking your choice, check out the final answer at the end.

1 / 5

Interestingly, she ………… accurately and gets higher scores in that game thanks to the experts’ help.

2 / 5

The English people have recently ………….. this addictive gameplay would inspire downloads remarkably after its trial stage runs out.

3 / 5

Retailers wished that you would spend money on the greatest and latest deals, and they already …………. that you were ready to pay up to 20% more to do it.

4 / 5

In this football match, they are …………… that their soccer team would be the champion in the World Cup.

5 / 5

At that time, we ……….. that he only had only a 10% chance of winning. His competency was not that good at all.

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Is “Bet” Just A Verb?

No. Bet plays as both a noun and a verb in a sentence. Based on the context, you can pinpoint the word form of “bet”.

As a countable noun, “bet” refers to one of these meanings (based on reliable English dictionaries):

  1. An arrangement to risk someone’s money due to a special event.
  2. An opinion about what is likely to happen.

What Are Some Idioms With Bet?

    1. All bets are off: To say that if a specific incident occurs, your current agreement or prediction, etc., will no longer apply.
    2. A safe/good/sure bet: Something that is likely to succeed, happen, or be suitable.
    3. Hedge your bets: To reduce the risk of making a mistake or losing thanks to one side’s support in an argument, a competition, etc.
    4. Bet the farm on something: To risk everything you have on a bet, etc.
  • I’ll bet / I bet: ​To show that you could understand what someone is saying, depicting, or feeling, etc.
  1. I don’t bet on it: To say when you don’t think something is likely.
  2. You bet! : Used as “Yes” to highlight that someone has made an epic suggestion or guessed something correctly.
  3. You can bet your bottom dollar/your life: To say when you’re certain that one thing will happen.

Is “Had Been Bet” Correct?

Yes. That’s it! “Bet” is the past participle form of the irregular verb “bet” and is used correctly in the passive-voice context with “had been bet”.

How About The “Betted Definition And Pronunciation”?

“Betted” is not the correct word in English. However, many confuse it with the past tense of the verb “bet”. In other words, there is no answer for the “betted” meanings or pronunciation.