Past Tense Of Scream: Screamed or Scream? (Pronunciation & Usage)

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Scream?

The past tense of scream in English is screamed. Besides, the 3rd person singular in the simple present form of scream is screams, the scream’s present participle is screaming, and the past participle of it is screamed.

You can check out the table below for more verb forms of scream.

Simple Present He/She/It screams

I/You/We/They scream

Present Continuous He/She/It is screaming

I am screaming

You/We/They are screaming

Present Perfect He/She/It has screamed

I/You/We/They have screamed

Present Perfect Continuous He/She/It has been screaming

I/You/We/They have been screaming

Simple Past He/She/It/I/You/We/They screamed
Past Continuous I/He/She/It was screaming

You/We/They were screaming

Past Perfect He/She/It/I/You/We/They had screamed
Past Perfect Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They had been screaming
Simple Future He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall scream
Future Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall be screaming
Future Perfect He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall have screamed
Future Perfect Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall have been screaming

How to spell screamed as correctly and naturally as native speakers? The videos below will help you:


According to the -ed rule, the IPA transcription of scream is /skriːmd/. The V3 form of scream is also pronounced the same as the scream past tense. To remember the past and past participle form, just keep the V1 form and add -ed at the end of the word.

The table below will help you to make it clearer.

Form of word Pronunciation 
scream /skriːm/ /skriːm/
screamed /skriːmd/ /skriːmd/
screamed /skriːmd/ /skriːmd/

Definitions And How To Use Screamed?

Is scream a verb? And what is the scream definition? The English verb scream has four main meanings:

  • To cry/make a loud noise, usually on a high note, especially because of strong emotions such as being scared, hurt, frightened, or excited.

Example: The trapped people screamed in the coffee bar, and the firefighters followed the screams to come to their rescue.

  • To shout something in a loud, high voice as they fear, anger, etc.

Example: I heard someone yelling for help at the back of the garden. It turned out that a little girl’s cat screamed on a tree branch. It was brought down safely by the rescue team.

  • To state something in a loud way that is difficult to ignore, to get someone’s attention

Example: She is very upset because this essay has a lot of mistakes, and errors related to context, grammar, and structure made her a mess and just screamed out at her.

  • When a vehicle screams, it moves very quickly and makes a loud and high sound

Example: The racing car number 04 screamed and overtook the surrounding competitors, smoothly turning the bends and reaching the finish line with a spectacular achievement.

Like other words’ past tenses, the past tense of scream is used to talk about the scream that happened and was completed in the past.


  • They screamed with laughter at the children’s jokes. They are always the joy of parents and receive great love from grandparents.
  • The ambulance screamed last night due to a series of accidents that occurred on Highway 14. All the victims were taken to the hospital and treated promptly.
  • “A famous actor had an affair”. The headlines screamed.


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Past Tense Of Scream

Choose the correct verb tense to fill in the blanks:

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The children …… in delight as they slid down the short snow-covered slope. Winter is always a great time for us to spend more time together, making up for the busy times.

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"Plane crash kills all passengers" …… the newspaper headlines yesterday. All are waiting for the investigating agency to come up with an explanation for this incident.

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The cars are …… on every track causing the audience in the stands to …… and cheer enthusiastically. It looks like one car had a problem and had to stop the race.

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My brother …… out that he couldn't stand his wife anymore. Next week he will file for divorce in court and prepare to get custody of the children.

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Last night a lot of people …… because they were trapped in the fire in that apartment building. Fire crews worked hard throughout the night to rescue all those trapped.

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What Are Synonyms And Antonyms Of Scream?

The synonym for scream are howl, screech, shriek, shrill, squall, squeal, yell, yelp, break up, cackle, chortle, chuckle, crack up, giggle, hee-haw, laugh, roar, snicker, titter, twitter, growl, grumble, and grump.

Near antonyms of scream are: murmur, mutter, whisper, bawl, blubber, cry, sob, weep, howl, squall, wail, yowl, bleat, pule, whimper, whine, sniffle, snivel, groan, moan, sigh, accept, bear, countenance, endure, take, tolerate, applaud, cheer, and commend.

Is Scream A Transitive Or Intransitive Verb?

Scream is both a transitive and an intransitive verb when it means to shout something in a loud, high voice, or to state something in a loud way that is difficult to ignore. The other meanings of scream are classified as intransitive.