Past Tense of Speak: Speaked or Spoke? (Pronunciation & Usage)

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Speak?

The past tense of speak is “spoke”. “Speak” is an irregular verb, so speak in the past tense doesn’t follow the normal rule of adding -ed after the verb’s infinitive form. You need to learn this V2 form by heart.

In addition to speak past tense, below are perfect forms, participle forms, and other “speak” tense forms:

Simple Present He/She/It speaks

I/You/We/They speak

Present Continuous He/She/It is speaking

I am speaking

You/We/They are speaking

Present Perfect He/She/It has spoken

I/You/We/They have spoken

Present Perfect Continuous He/She/It has been speaking

I/You/We/They have been speaking

Simple Past He/She/It/I/You/We/They spoke
Past Continuous I/He/She/It was speaking

You/We/They were speaking

Past Perfect He/She/It/I/You/We/They had spoken
Past Perfect Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They had been speaking
Simple Future He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall speak
Future Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall be speaking
Future Perfect He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall have spoken
Future Perfect Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall have been speaking


To know how to correctly pronounce “spoke”, you can watch this video to have native speakers’ accent:


According to the Macmillan dictionary, the IPA transcription of “spoke” is /spəʊk/. The past participle of speak is “spoken”, pronounced as /’spəʊkən/. The table below can make it clearer.

Form of word




speak /spiːk/



/spoʊk/ /spəʊk/
spoken /ˈspoʊ.kən/


To know how to correctly pronounce “speak, “spoke” and “spoken”, you can watch this video to have native speakers’ accent:

Definitions And How To Use Speak?

The verb form of “speak” has 3 main meanings:

Example: I shared my viewpoint and spoke about my plan for the future.

Example: They spoke Spanish in the past.

Example: Professor Keith spoke to his class about their next topic’s report.

The past tense for speak – “spoke” is used to describe an action that happened before the time of speaking.



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Past Tense Of Speak

Choose the correct verb tense to fill in the blanks:

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Last night I …… to my mother about my upcoming plans when I turn 18. She was extremely supportive of me and excitedly talked about her childhood experiences.

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John: I don't know what language they are …....

Mia: I guess the guy with the checkered hat speaks Spanish, and the girl with the guitar speaks Arabic.

John: How do you know?

Mia: 5 years ago, I went to Spain to study abroad, and I have an uncle living in Arabia. I …… these 2 languages quite well, but now I have forgotten them all.

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The witnesses …… of a great ball of flame fell into the nearby sea yesterday. Police and rescue teams are working to find and evacuate residents in that area to safety.

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Last Monday, Professor Todd …… to the class about his field trip in the Abar forest. However, due to the approaching storm, the school has postponed all activities to ensure the safety of teachers and students.

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With encouragement from their family and reassurance from the police, they had the courage to …… the truth.

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When she......, everyone became silent and noted what she said.

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Would you prefer it if my parents ...... in Spanish?

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Speaked Or Spoke?

Speak in the past tense is “spoke”. It is classified as an irregular verb, so we don’t add -ed at the end of the basic form. Therefore, to remember this special past tense, you need to learn it by heart.

What Are Synonyms And Antonyms Of Speak?

Common synonyms of “speak” are chat, communicate, convey, declare, deliver, express, go, say, shout, and tell.

Conceal, hold, keep, retain, withhold, deny, hide, mumble, and praise are named antonyms of “speak”.

“Speak” Is a Transitive Or Intransitive Verb?

“Speak” is both a transitive and intransitive verb. As an intransitive verb, it means to talk with somebody, to mention something, or to make a speech. As a transitive verb, it means that it enables you to use a particular language.