Past Tense Of Stop: Stoped or Stopped? (Pronunciation & Usage)

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Stop?

Stop in past tense is “stopped”: S-T–O-P-P-E-D.

When you need to use it in the past form, you must add “ed” at the end of the bare form, but do not forget to double “p”. It means: stop + “ped” to create the past tense. 

How about the past participle form of stop? It shares the same form with the past tense: “stopped”.

The below table includes all the verb forms. Don’t forget to write them down in your notebook for checking and learning.

Form  Verb
Bare stop
Present participle stopping
3rd person singular stops
Past  stopped
Past participle stopped


This video is a great method to learn its pronunciation and usage by listening and practicing it yourself:

How Do You Spell Stop Past Tense?

First, the pronunciation is slightly different between American and British English. 

  • American people: this word has a vowel sound of /ɑː/. It sounds similar to /æ/, but the two little dots indicate that it is a longer sound. To make the sound, place your tongue towards the back of your mouth and make a long-voiced sound with your mouth open.
  • British people: this word has a vowel sound of /ɒ/. To create the sound, place your tongue at the back of your mouth and softly press your lips together while creating a short-voiced sound.

This table below will list down the official IPA of each word:

Form Of Word Pronunciation
Stop /stɑːp/ /stɒp/
Stopped /stɑːpt/ /stɒpt/
Stopped /stɑːpt/ /stɒpt/

Stop Definition And How To Use

When you want to use “stop” meanings to tell a story or express an idea in the past, you must use “stopped” (the past form) instead of the bare verb form (stop). 

In general, this word has some meanings:

  • Not move anymore; to cause someone or something not to move
  • To bring anything to a close
  • To prevent someone from doing something; to prevent a thing from occurring.
  • To interrupt a task for a brief period of time to accomplish something else.
  • To cause anything not to operate or function.

Let’s refer to some examples to know how to use these forms of verbs properly:

  • She stopped crying when her mother came home.
  • I couldn’t stop smiling when I saw her.
  • The AC stopped working last night because of engine issues.
  • Did she stop crying yet after her boyfriend came?
  • He tried to stop his wife from shouting.
  • My team didn’t stop thinking about the consequences of the mistake.

Here is another word for stop:

  • come to an end
  • come to a stop
  • cease
  • be over
  • conclude
  • pause
  • finish
  • break off
  • end
  • draw to a close
  • terminate
  • come to a standstill


Created on By Benjamin Essek

Past Tense Of Stop

Let’s complete these quick and simple exercises to practice English verbs and tenses. Please choose the correct answer and check the answer at the end.

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She finally …… complaining about his new house.

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Our meeting tomorrow will discuss solutions to …… employees from stealing working hours for their personal issues.

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Please ….. body shaming your colleagues in any circumstance. It is a rude attitude and will hurt their heart.

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Her mother tried to …… her from crying due to her dog’s death.

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Did his car engine ……. working because of the car accident yesterday?

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David cannot …… laughing whenever she sings the ABC song.

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Mary …… singing when she heard a weird noise from the windows.

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