Past Tense of Sweat: Sweat or Sweated? (Pronunciation & Usage)

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Sweat? 

Commonly, the sweat past tense is still “sweat” as it belongs to the irregular verb group. Many who are prone to dictionary-recommendation prefer using this word. In some cases, however, the past verb “sweated” is still an acceptable form for the past tense of sweat

When talking about things away from literal sweat meaning, you can apply “sweated” instead.

Ex: I sweat a lot after doing exercises yesterday.

 Ex: The pipes in the bathroom sweated two days ago.

So, either term conjugation is correct, but sweat will be a safer choice.

The table below will illustrate several common forms of verb show.

Bare infinitive sweat
Present participle sweating
Past participle sweat/sweated
Third person singular sweats



The table below shows the transcription of “sweat” according to IPA:

Form of word Pronunciation
sweat /swet/ /swet/
sweat/sweated /swetɪd/ /swetɪd/
sweat/sweated /swetɪd/ /swetɪd/


Please refer to this link to learn how to pronounce “sweat” and “sweated”:

Definition And How To Use Sweated Or Sweat 


We have three meanings of sweat definition as a verb:

  • To perspire clear and salty liquid through the sweat glands.
  • To attempt to acquire some big achievements.
  • To worry about something.


When mentioning an event or situation that already happened and ended in the past, sweat or sweated usage is appropriate.


  • I sweat like a pig as I ground about five kilograms of ginger last 


  • Lisa sweated off a lot after taking 1-month of training at the gyms.

Small Quiz To Practice 

I) Yesterday, we ……. to set up the meeting on time. 

  1. Sweat
  2. Swot 
  3. Sweet
  4. Sweats

The correct answer: 1 

II) After 30 minutes running on the treadmill, I ….. bullets like a wet cat.

  1. shot
  2. sweat
  3. fired
  4. bit

The correct answer: 2

III) Within a month, I ….. until 10 pounds due to crazy exercising and a healthy diet.

  1. sweat off
  2. kicked off
  3. got off
  4. put off

The correct answer: 1

IV) The athletes were drenched in ….

  1. depression
  2. tiredness
  3. sweat
  4. sadness

The correct answer: 3


How Do You Spell Sweat In The Past Tense?

The verb sweat has only one syllable, so the spelling is very simple. The pronunciation of the “ea” part is /e/ according to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) (like leaf) So the whole word would be /swet/.

Sweated Or Sweat- Which Is Correct?

As aforementioned, both words are acceptable as past tense for sweat. But “sweat” is a safer choice in modern English. 

Commonly, “sweated” comes as an adjective right before an object to refer to something sweating.

Is Sweated A Word?

Of course, it is. 

The “ed” part added turns the verb “sweat” into an adjective that supplies meaning for objects. 

For example, The sweated shallots lower the taste of my soup.

Is Sweat A Noun?

Other than a verb, you can also use “sweat” as a noun in the sentence. By then, it mainly has two meanings: 

  • Drudgery or hard work to achieve something
  • Perspiration: the process by which the moisture cheese sweat excretes through your skin.

Putting “sweat” in the plural form means a tracksuit consisting of a loose top and trousers. Those who get trained or do exercise will put on these informal clothes.

How Do You Use Sweated In A Sentence?

Firstly, you can use sweated as the verb for the past participle and past tense of sweat.

For example, I sweated like bullets when I met my crush yesterday.

Another usage you can apply is as an adjective supporting the object standing right behind.

For example, This recipe is nothing without any sweated onions.