Past Tense To Drink – How To Use It Correctly?

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense To Drink?

The past tense of “drink” is “drank“. The common meaning of this irregular verb is to consume a liquid by taking it into the mouth and swallowing it.

The past participle of the verb drink is drunk. To memorize it easily, you can change the vowel -i in the base form, to -a in the past tense form, and to -u in the past participle form.

You can refer to the table below to get more verb forms of drink:

Base/Infinitive Form (V1) drink
Present Form/3rd Person/Singular Form drinks
Past Simple Tense (V2) drank
Past Participle Form (V3) drunk
Present Participle/Gerund drinking

How To Pronounce Drink And Drank Correctly? 

Drink is pronounced as /drɪŋk/, drank is pronounced as /dræŋk/, and drunk is pronounced as /drʌŋk/ in both British and American accents. The table below will make you clearer:

Verb Forms Pronunciation 
British English language American English language
drink /drɪŋk/ /drɪŋk/


/dræŋk/ /dræŋk/


/drʌŋk/ /drʌŋk/
drinking /ˈdrɪŋkɪŋ/ /ˈdrɪŋkɪŋ/

How to say drink, drank, and drunk like native speakers? Check out the following videos: 

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What Are The Definitions Of Drink? How To Use Drank?

Like other past tenses, you can use “drank” to refer to an action that happened in the past, before the time of speaking. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, there are 4 meanings of “drink:”

  • To consume a liquid through the mouth.

Example 1: He drank a glass of orange juice for breakfast yesterday.

Example 2: After an exhausting workout at the gym, Sarah reached for her water bottle and drank deeply.

  • To partake in alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, or spirits).

Example 1: Last night, friends gathered around a wooden table and drank mugs of frothy beer.

Example 2: Their eyes sparkling as they drank champagne, feeling the bubbles tickling their noses. (See the past tense of feel here)

  • To absorb or take in (moisture, air, or rain).

Example: He drank the air into his lungs and immersed himself in the warmth of the sun.

Example 2: The old book sat on the dusty shelf and drank the musty scent of the surrounding library.

  • To toast or salute with a drink.

Example 1: He raised his glass and drank to the success of his colleagues, celebrating their hard work and accomplishments.

Example 2: As the clock struck midnight, they clinked their glasses together and drank to a prosperous New Year.


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Past Tense To Drink

Choose the correct answer to fill in the blank:

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She ______ beer occasionally when she's out with friends.

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They are ______ to honor the memory of their late grandfather.

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They _____ wine at the dinner party last night.

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By the time we reached the beach, the sand had already _____ in all the moisture from the morning dew.

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They _____ to celebrate their friend's successful graduation and greeted a new friend (Click here to see the past tense of greet).

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I ____ water every morning to stay hydrated.

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Last night, she _____ a cup of hot tea to soothe her sore throat.

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Is Drink A Transitive Or Intransitive Verb?

  • It is a transitive verb when it means to absorb something.

Example: The desert sand drank up the rainwater that fell overnight, leaving no trace behind.

  • “Drink” is an intransitive verb when it means to consume a liquid or to partake of beverages.

Example: She drank all night to forget the sadness after breaking up with her boyfriend.

  • “Drink” can be used as a transitive and intransitive verb with the meaning “to join in a toast.”

What Are Some Most Common Idioms Of Drink?

  • Drink somebody’s health: To raise a glass and toast to someone’s well-being or good health.

Example: They gathered at the party to drink his health and celebrate his recent promotion.

  • Drink like a fish: To drink alcohol excessively or in large quantities.

Example: Despite warnings from his friends, he continued to drink like a fish at the party.

  • Drink somebody under the table: To outdrink or surpass someone without becoming excessively intoxicated.

Example: Despite his smaller stature, she managed to drink him under the table during their friendly drinking competition.

What Do “Drink In” And “Drink To” Mean? 

  • Drink in: To look at or listen to something, often with a sense of enjoyment.

Example: As they stood on the mountaintop, they couldn’t help but drink in the breathtaking view of the surrounding valleys and peaks.

  • Drink to: To raise a glass and toast or celebrate someone or something.

Example: At the wedding reception, the guests drank to the happiness and everlasting love of the newlywed couple.