Past Tense Of Cost: Costed or Cost? (Pronunciation & Usage)

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Cost?

Do you still remember the past tense of “overridden”? Yes, it’s “overrode”. 

To continue the hot thread of the past tense, we can check how to write and spell the past tense of the verb cost.

What is the past tense of cost? 

It’s “cost” (C-O-S-T). In other words, three forms – bare infinitive, past simple, and past participle – share the same structure. That sounds like the past tense of “let”.

Scroll down for a brief table of verb conjugation:

Base/Infinitive Form (V1) cost
Present Form/3rd Person/Singular Form costs
Past Form (V2) cost
Past Participle Form (V3) cost
Present Participle/Gerund costing

If you have an insatiable curiosity about form cost in 12 different tenses, this link shows you how. Click on it!

Also, open this video for a better look at “cost” in the past tense:

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How Do You Spell Past Tense For Cost?

To perfect your pronunciation of this verb in British and American English, reach the online Dictionaries or a or refer to this table:

Forms of verbs Pronunciation
British English language American English language
cost /kɒst/ /kɔːst/
costs /kɒsts/ /kɔːsts/
cost /kɒst/ /kɔːst/
costing /ˈkɒstɪŋ/ /ˈkɔːstɪŋ/

Language Note: Definitions and Examples

If you want to be sure you’re getting the exact meaning of “cost”, it’s best to use reliable English dictionaries or a dictionary offline, such as Oxford’s. 

Below are all the meanings and illustrations:

  1. To estimate the price that needs charging or how much money would be needed for something.
  • The accountants cost the expansion project $9.6 billion.
  • The investors have recently cost this project about 10 billion dollars.
  1.  To involve you in doing something unpleasant or making an effort.
  • He knew how much it cost her to tell him.
  • The truth had cost her a lot to be unveiled.
  1. To cause something’s loss.
  • The factory’s closure cost roughly 1500 positions.
  • The corporation closure had cost around 2 million positions.
  1. If something costs a specific amount of money, you have to pay that much to buy or make it.
  • The apartment cost around $90 million, yet it was worth her money.
  • Since Christmas, this noel combo gift has cost further than its previous price.

Grammar Lesson: Questions About Grammar

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Past Tense Of Cost

As a learner, you probably have little trouble picking the suitable form of the action verb cost in past tense. Let us help you with a few easy exercises to improve your language learning.

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The total cost per ton of ore treated is about 6s., of which the cyaniding ………. from 2S.

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It would ………. more than seven dollars to have them dry-cleaned and pressed.

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It would ………. more than seven dollars to have them dry-cleaned and pressed.

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A marshaling station ………… some £80,000 connected directly with the harbor by tunnels, with 31 m.

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Ten years ago, this vase ………….about $1000.

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Whatever it ………., it is an apparent gain incurred on the score of piety, seeing that we succor the poorest by such entertainments (refrigerio).

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It will  ……….you over 90 million dollars. This whopping number could shock you at the first hearing of it. But don’t fret! That price is not too high on the market.

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What Is The Costed Past Tense?

“Costed” does not exist or is no longer used in English (it’s just an ancient word). So it doesn’t have the past-tense form.

What Is The Past Participle Of Cost?

It’s “cost”, the same as “cost” in the bare-infinitive, past tense, and past participle forms.

Is Costed A Word?

No. It’s a grammatical error. Be alert as the concise form of cost in past participle and past simple is “cost”.

Past Tense Of Cost: Cost Or Costed”?

The former (cost) is the past simple and past participle of cost.

What Is Cost Present Tense?

The word “cost” may be used in three different tenses: present, past simple, past participle, and future. Something’s cost is the money needed to do, buy, or make it.

Is It At All Cost Or Costs?

We need to use “at all costs” and “at any cost”. 

If anything must be done or avoided at all costs, then it must be done or avoided no matter what. 

Is Cost An Irregular Verb?

Yes. Cost is an irregular verb.