What Is The Past Tense Of Mistake? How To Use It?

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Mistake?

The past tense of mistake is mistook. The verb “mistake” is an irregular verb, which means it does not follow the regular pattern of adding “-ed” to form the past tense. Instead, it has its own unique form, and you need to learn it by heart.

The past participle of mistake is mistaken. To form the past participle of mistake, we add the suffix -en to the base form of the verb, which gives us “mistaken.”

You can take a look at the table below to learn other verb conjugations of mistake:

Base/Infinitive Form (V1) mistake
Present Form/3rd Person/Singular Form mistakes
Past Form (V2) mistook
Past Participle Form (V3) mistaken
Present Participle/Gerund mistaking

How To Pronounce “Mistook” And “Mistake” Correctly?

Both American and British accents pronounce mistake as /mɪˈsteɪk/, and mistook as /mɪˈstʊk/. You can check out the table below for more details.

Verb Forms Pronunciation 
British English language American English language
mistake /mɪˈsteɪk/ /mɪˈsteɪk/
mistook (V2) /mɪˈstʊk/ /mɪˈstʊk/
mistaken (V3)  /mɪˈsteɪkən/ /mɪˈsteɪkən/
mistaking /mɪˈsteɪkənɪŋ/ /mɪˈsteɪkənɪŋ/

How to pronounce “mistake” and “mistook” like native English speakers? You can watch the videos below and practice with them:

How to say mistake: 

How to say mistook:

What Are The Definitions Of Mistake? How To Use Mistook?

Mistake and its past tense have the same meaning: to fail to understand something correctly, or to have a wrong idea about something. Mistook is used to talk about the actions that happened and were completed before the time of speaking.

Below are some examples:

  • I mistook the time of the meeting and arrived an hour late.
  • She mistook his kindness for romantic interest.
  • They mistook the path and ended up getting lost in the woods.
  • He mistook the blue marker for a black one and ruined the drawing.
  • We mistook the address and entered the wrong house.


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Past Tense Of Mistake

Fill in the blanks with the correct verb form of mistake:

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We have _____ your intentions for a long time.

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She always _____ my twin sister for me. My mom sometimes makes mistakes like that.

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I _____ the date of Jane's party and missed it. But I gave her the gift she loved.

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She doesn't usually ______ the names of her colleagues.

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He ______ the instructions and made the wrong recipe. It almost ruined his whole dish.

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I am _____ your meaning about this blog post - can you explain it again?

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Yesterday, I _____ her for my old friends, and I was quite embarrassed.

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What Are The Synonyms And Antonyms Of Mistake?

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, common synonyms of the verb mistake are: misunderstand, misread, miss, confuse, misconstrue, misinterpret, miscalculate, misapprehend, misidentify, misjudge, misperceive, misconceive, misknow, mishear, and misdeem.

Antonyms of the English verb “mistake” include: know, understand, see, perceive, comprehend, get, grasp, apprehend, make out, seize, fathom, conceive, take in, penetrate, savvy, grok, and catch. (See past tense of catch here)

Is Mistake A Noun? 

Yes, “mistake” can also be used as a noun to refer to an error, fault, or misstep in judgment, action, or understanding. For example:

  • Making a mistake is a normal part of learning.
  • She realized her mistake after it was too late.

“Mistake” is also often used to describe an error in speech or writing. For example:

  • The article contained several mistakes in grammar and punctuation.
  • The teacher pointed out the mistake in the student’s math problem.
  • She didn’t notice her mistake until after she had already hit “send” on the email.

What Are Some Idioms And Phrasal Verbs Of Mistake?


  • And no mistake: to emphasize that something is true or correct beyond any doubt.

Example: He’s a great singer, and no mistake!

  • By mistake: by accident, something was done unintentionally or accidentally.

Example: I deleted the file by mistake when I was trying to move it to a different folder.

  • In mistake for: something is confused or misidentified with something else.

Example: I took her coat in mistake for mine and didn’t realize it until I got home.

  • Make no mistake (about something): to emphasize the importance or seriousness of a situation.

Example: Make no mistake, this difficult decision will have far-reaching consequences.

Phrasal Verbs:

Mistake (something/someone) for: to confuse one person or thing with another.

  • Example: They mistook the man outside for a burglar and called the police.

Is “Mistake” a Transitive Or Intransitive Verb?

Mistake is used as a transitive verb, so it requires an object that receives the action. The object is usually the thing that is mistakenly identified, misunderstood, or misinterpreted.

  • Example: She doesn’t usually mistake the names of her colleagues. (“the names of her colleagues” is the object of the verb “mistake”)