Past Tense Of Strike: Struck or Striked? (Pronunciation & Usage)

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Strike?

The past tense for strike is struck.

Strike is one of more than 200 irregular verbs having their own past tense form (such as the past tense of the verb run and rise). Therefore, it is quite difficult to use the correct form strike in past tense because of the habit of adding “ed” to make words in the past form ( such as past tense of bury).

You can see more forms of the English verb “strike” (an intransitive verb) in the below table:

Infinitive strike
Present Tense strike/strikes
Past Tense truck
Present Participle striking
Past Participle struck/stricken

Additionally, “struck” is the usual past tense of “strike.” The only exceptions to this rule are being “stricken” with guilt, suffering a calamity, suffering a wound, suffering from a sickness, or having a paragraph in a document struck out. If you’re unsure what to use, just say “hit.” There does not seem to be any authority behind this regulation.

How Do You Spell Strike In Past Tense?

Do you need a fast solution to the problem of distinguishing the different ways that “strike” might be pronounced by British and American English speakers? See this table:

Form of word


British English

American English


/straɪk/ /straɪk/
strikes /straɪks/



/strʌk/ /strʌk/
striking /ˈstraɪkɪŋ/


The chart clearly shows that there is no distinction between American and British pronunciations of the word “strike.”

Definition Of Strike: How To Use It

Here, we go further into the verb’s meaning of strike. It’s one of those things whose value you can’t fully assess until you put it to use in everyday discourse; thus, you shouldn’t dismiss it too fast.

Please scroll down to read the explanatory and see the corresponding context that follows in order to have a better understanding of the subject at hand.

  1. To attack someone or something with great power

Example: She is struck by a car when running into the road.

2. To attack (someone or something) with one’s hand or weapons

Example: The father struck her son’s toy with his fist.

3. To punch or hit a ball, in sport

Example: He picks up his pace and then trikes the ball into the goal of the opponent.

4. To conduct an unexpected and violent assault

Example: The lion waited in ambush, ready to strike.

5. To occur unexpectedly and cause hurt or damage to someone or something

Example: Jamaica is expected to be struck by an impending storm.

6. To quickly occur one’s consideration

Example: His seeming composure was one of the first things that struck me concerning him.

7. To cause a certain reaction in someone

Example: Because of her efficiency of work, she really strikes us.

8. To reject employment because of a disagreement about salary or circumstances

Example: The plant was picketed by striking employees.

9. To inevitably crash down upon something

Example: When sunlight struck the glass, it glistened with a brilliant sheen.

10. To change someone’s emotional condition abruptly

Example: He is struck deaf.

11. To create a flame by rubbing an ignitable object, such a match, on another surface; cause a spark when touched on a rough surface

Example: The moisture in the air prevented him from striking a match.

12. A device that rings or otherwise indicates the time.

Example: The clock just struck 4:00.

13. To make a note, sound, etc. by striking a key or other object

Example: As soon as she struck the first chord on the piano, the kids broke out in song.

14. To find something by excavating or drilling for it; used to describe the discovery of gold, oil, etc.

Example: Those people strike gold!

15. To carry a lot of momentum or focus to your destination

Example: This country is struck by a massive military attack.

Besides, you can check more idioms and English terms that use the word strike in the Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries.

Practice Exercises

Created on By Benjamin Essek

past tense of strike

Here is a vocabulary quiz, including 5 questions to help you comprehend the past tense of strike:

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  1. A motorist … the kid as he rushed out into traffic.

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2. Yet Yet Russia's military attack is … to me.

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3. The clock has just …; did you hear it?

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4. They like digging to … oil.

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5. The lion prowled around, waiting to …

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The average score is 100%