Past Tense Of Strive: Strived or Strove? (Pronunciation & Usage)

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Strive?

You can be familiar with some irregular verbs like the verb weave or the verb sleep. But how about “strive”? If it’s a new word to you, stay tuned! 

We are here to provide the ins and outs of “strive.” 

So what is the strive past tense?

It’s “STROVE” or “STRIVED”. You can spell them S-T-R-O-V-E or S-T-R-I-V-E-D, respectively. The past participle form can be “STRIVED” or “STRIVEN.” 

While “STRIVEN” is the traditional and widely used form, the word “STRIVED” was not originally accepted, but it has gained ground and become mainstream now.

For example, the Guardian has cited: “The need to pay VAT on outsourced services has proved a major obstacle as social housing providers have strived to be more efficient.”

Language note: The table below will describe other irregular forms of “strive”: 

Base/Infinitive Form (V1) strive
Present Form/3rd Person/Singular Form strives
Past Form (V2) strove/strived
Past Participle Form (V3) striven/strived
Present Participle/Gerund striving

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How To Pronounce Strive Correctly?

In this section, we’re all set to reveal the correct pronunciation of “strive” and its other verb forms based on the Oxford online dictionary (or other standard dictionaries):

Form of word


British English

American English


/straɪv/ /straɪv/
strives /straɪvz/



/strəʊv/ /strəʊv/
strived /straɪvd/



/ˈstrɪvn/ /ˈstrɪvn/
striving /ˈstraɪvɪŋ/


What Does Strive Mean?

Move on to the section for the definitions of “strive.” It has only one meaning that is easy to learn by heart. Also, we will show you some examples of strive in a sentence.

Meaning: To try very hard to achieve something.


Daily Challenge: Vocabulary Quiz

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Past Tense Of Strive

Here comes a list of 6 short homework for you. Have them completed right now! Try to pick the correct verb forms for the proper context. 

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  1. Too notorious for reclaiming her birthright, Boudica …………. instead of returning her daughters to their heritage.

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2. The furious young soldier ………. to break loose from the shackles hindering him but in vain.

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3. The reason that Taize was, and still is, so popular is in its style of worship, which …………. to be ecumenical.

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4. Thus, he ……….. to advance the principle of materialism and deduced a property of ideality from certain aspects of material praxis.

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5. We are ………… to settle the question of our harbor peacefully.

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6. Private institutions and working-class associations have ………. to improve the intellectual conditions of the working classes.

Your score is

The average score is 72%



Past Participle Of Strive: What Is It? 

As stated above, the past participle of “strive” is “striven” or “strived.” You can spell them S-T-R-I-V-E-N or S-T-R-I-V-E-D.

Is “Strive” An Irregular Verb? 

Yes. Strive is an irregular verb. Its past tense, past participle, and present participle are “strove/strived,” “striven/strived,” and “striving,” respectively. 

Is “Strive” Just A Verb?

Yes. Strive is just a verb. No noun, adverb, or adjective in the English language appears in the same structure.

Had It Strived Or Had It Striven?

Both are correct! As aforementioned, the past participle of “strive” is “striven” and “strived.” So, you can write this passive sentence in both ways “had it striven” or “had it strived.”

Will It Be Strived Or Strove?

You must use “will it be strived” because this sentence goes with the passive voice; the verb “strive” should be transferred into its past participle form – “strived” (to ensure the grammatical rules).

More than that, you’d better go for the website of Wordpreference for the well-rounded conjugation of strive as well.

Has Striven Or Has Strove?

The former is correct. To explain, after the auxiliary “has,” you must convert the verb base form to its past participle. In other words, instead of writing “has strive,” you need to use “has striven.” Otherwise, “has strived” is also an alternative, as the example from a Guardian article.