Past Tense Of Fly- Things You Need To Know

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Fly?

The past tense for fly is flew, and the past participle of fly is flown. The verb fly is an irregular verb. Therefore, the past form of fly doesn’t have the -ed at the end of the word. To get the V2 of fly, you just need to remove the letter -y at the end and add -ew.

You can consider the table below about the conjugated forms. Our Grammarwiki team will help you conjugate the past tense form and other correct forms of fly correctly.

Simple Present He/She/It flies

I/You/We/They fly

Present Continuous He/She/It is flying

I am flying

You/We/They are flying

Present Perfect He/She/It has flown

I/You/We/They have flown

Present Perfect Continuous He/She/It has been flying

I/You/We/They have been flying

Simple Past He/She/It/I/You/We/They flew
Past Continuous I/He/She/It was flying

You/We/They were flying

Past Perfect He/She/It/I/You/We/They had flown
Past Perfect Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They had been flying
Simple Future He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall fly
Future Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall be flying
Future Perfect He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall have flown
Future Perfect Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall have been flying

To know how to spell the word flew as natural as native speakers, you can click on the below video:


According to the Macmillan dictionary, the IPA transcription of flew is /fluː/. However, the participle form of “fly” is pronounced differently from the fly past tense. You can take a glimpse at the table below for more details.

Form of word



fly /flaɪ/



/fluː/ /fluː/
flown /floʊn/


Definitions And How To Use Fly?

The English verb fly has the following meanings and a couple of examples:

Example: I saw a poor butterfly in the sky. It flew very high but its wings were injured. Yesterday’s tornado also caused most of the insects in this area to be harmed.

Example: Last week, I flew to Italy. I had a scientific conference in the goods field and another specialized seminar in Tuscan.

Example: Tourists stranded on the yacht due to the storm flew home with the help of local people and leaders.

Example: He immediately flew to her side after receiving an email address saying she had an accident.

Example: He learned all common terms about aviation. It was his most memorable time when he flew in the U.S.

Example: The flag flew at the highest position so that people could see it clearly and instill pride in their country.

Example: Rumors flew in the school that had forced the students and teachers in the incident to be suspended temporarily.

The fly past tense has the same meaning as the base form but is used to talk about the action that happened in the past.



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Past Tense Of Fly

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In 2014, I …… back to Tuscan and lived there for 5 years. The beauty of the countryside and the tranquillity of the scenery made me decide to return to this place again.

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My grandmother was sitting in the corner of the garden, watching the birds hurrying to their work. They are probably looking for as much food as possible and …… back to their nests to store them for the coming winter.

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They had flowers specially …… in for the wedding. Finally, after long days because of the pandemic outbreak, they had a wonderful wedding.

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Summer …… by too quickly without waiting for anyone. It also signals that a new semester is about to begin with a lot of knowledge and challenges waiting for me.

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His project …… beyond the expectations of all planning staff. Thanks to that, he was promoted and will be assigned more important company plans in the future.

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  1. I ...... for about 30 hours to get to my new place. Now I feel jetlagged, and it must have taken a while to get used to the climate and time zone difference.

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Bad words about her ...... all over the school, knocking her down.

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The birds quickly found as much food as possible and ...... returned to the nest. This process usually takes quite a few days, and they could fight each other to get food. They want to be ready for the coming winter.

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What Are Synonyms And Antonyms Of Fly?

Synonyms of “fly” are: take wing, soar, glide, take to the air, wing, mount, sail, hover, flutter, flit, aviate, abscond, clear out, escape, flee, get out, lam, run away, and runoff.

Dematerialize, disappear, dissolve, evanesce, evaporate, fade, flee, melt, sink, and vanish are also fly synonyms.

Antonyms of “fly” are” abide, dwell, hang around, linger, remain, stay, stick around, tarry, come back, and return.

“Fly” Is a Transitive Or Intransitive Verb?

Fly is both a transitive and an intransitive verb when it means to control a plane. The remaining meanings are mostly intransitive verbs.

Flied Or Flew?

The correct answer is flew. The best way to remember this irregular verb is to practice regularly and do related exercises to remember it for a long time.