Past Tense Of Buy: Buyed or Bought? (Pronunciation & Usage)

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Buy?

Do you remember the past tense of “override”? It’s “overrode”. Okay, in today’s question. You can catch up with many new challenges and commands with a new verb – buy. 

What is the past tense of buy?

The quick answer is “bought”.

Interestingly, buy past participle and buy past participle share the same form as “bought”, which is spelled B-O-U-G-H-T.

It’s funny how “sent” in the past tense looks precisely like the past participle.

For a quick summary of verb conjugation, check out the table below:

Base/Infinitive Form (V1) buy
Present Form/3rd Person/Singular Form buys
Past Form (V2) bought
Past Participle Form (V3) bought
Present Participle/Gerund buying

Many may ask, “How to modify this verb in 12 tenses?” Not beating around the bush, this link encapsulates well-rounded answers for you.

If you still get blurred with the tense forms of “buy” in the different contexts of English, this video would help. Please open it:

Past tense of BUY and other forms of the verb BUY, examples, sentences – YouTube

How Do You Pronuniciate Buy In Past Tense? 

Use the online Oxford Dictionary to improve at speaking this word in British and American English. Use the table below as a starting point for your reference:

Forms of verbs Pronunciation
British English language American English language
buy /baɪ/ /baɪ/
buys /baɪz/ /baɪz/
Bought (V2+V3) /bɔːt/ /bɔːt/
buying /ˈbaɪ.ɪŋ/ /ˈbaɪ.ɪŋ/

What Is The Meaning Of This Verb?

It’s preferably an online Dictionary like Oxford if you want to secure accurate definitions of this term.

Here comes a list of definitions and examples for you to grasp:

  1. To believe something is true.
  • They bought you though you once lied to them this way.
  • The paparazzi had bought you as they thought you were always honest.
  1. To get something by losing another stuff else of great value.
  • Linda’s reputation was bought at the expense of her family.
  • Jay’s prestige had been bought with all his assets at that time.
  1. To persuade a person to do something dishonest with money.
  • I didn’t buy him this way because he’s too honest.
  • She had bought this guy to steal all her boss’ money, yet he refused. 
  1. To be enough to pay for something.
  • Her mother bought this inspiring and practical course last Friday.
  • My manager had bought this handy gameplay version for his daughter. 
  1. To secure something by paying money for it.
  • Anna bought a new house last week.
  • Benjamin had bought a new car since Thanksgiving.

Vocabulary Quiz: Choose The Correct Options

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Past Tense Of Buy

Presumably, you find it’s easy to grab the meanings and know-how about using the past tense of see. Today, it’s time to dig deeper into a handful of easy exercises to sharpen your English skills:

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It wasn't like we didn't have the money to ………… clothes or anything like that.

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Finally, when the poor see their income shrink while the income of the rich rises, they will ……….. into the system less.

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The teacher ……….. me a lovely new dress, gloves, stockings, and collars, and my grandmother made me warm flannels, and aunt Nannie made me aprons.

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The guy who…………. your paintings I'd never seen before.

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If he now incurred Natasha's censure, it was only for ……. too many expensive things.

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Besides ………. and selling a couple of vehi­cles and getting here, he's had nothing to do but train.

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You recouped all the money you spent ……….. these things in the first place.

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Do You Know Some Idioms to Buy? 

Here are some short idioms with “buy” that you can employ to whip up your lexical resource. Be mindful of these ones in language to language.

  1. Buy a pup: to buy something that has no value or is worth much less than the price paid
  2. Buy time: ​to do one thing to delay a decision, an event, etc.
  3. (Buy) a pig in a poke: ​to purchase stuff without knowing its quality or seeing it.
  4. The best that money can buy: ​the very best.
  5. Buy the farm: ​to die.
  6. Buy back the farm: to get back a country’s assets after another country has owned them.

Did She Buy Or Bought?

The phrase “did she bought” is wrong. The correct answer is “Did she buy it?” You should set an eye on changing the order of the subject and the helping verb in a question.

Is “Buyed” Correct?

No. “Buyed” is an understandable mistake for an English learner. However, “Buy” is an irregular verb with the past tense, and the past participle is “bought”.

Is There A Word “Bought”?

Yes. “Bought” are the past participle and past simple of buy.

Is “Buyed” A Past Tense?

No. “Bought” is the past participle and past simple of buy with the meaning: obtain something through the exchange of money for the item.

Had Bought Or Have Bought?

Both are correct. The former implies the past participle tense and the latter follows the form of the present participle tense of the verb “buy”.