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There are many verbs in English that do not follow the standard rules of conjugation. These verbs are irregular verbs. They follow their own rules, and there is often no easy way to remember those rules since they differ so widely.

Sweep is one such verb. While regular English verbs take the –ed suffix in the past tense, sweep follows different rules, along with other verbs like keep and leap. Continue reading to learn more about these confusing words.

When to Use Swept

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What does swept mean? Swept is verb. Specifically, it is the past tense version of the verb sweep. Sweep can mean to clean a floor or to move swiftly.

Here is an example of each,

  • Cinderella swept the floors tirelessly every day of her life until she received an invitation to the palace ball.
  • The UFO swept across the sky in the southwest states, causing alarm and amazement in dozens of districts.

The verb sweep can also mean to win all the games in a series. The Indian Cricket team swept the West Indies series 2019 by winning all games, be it Test matches, ODIs and T20s.

Here are two more examples,

  • In 2015, the Super Kings went undefeated against all IPL teams in the regular season, only to be swept by them in the playoff.

When to Use Sweeped

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Sweeped is an error, based on an overgeneralization of regular English conjugation rules to the irregular verb sweep.

While most English verbs become past tense by adding –edsweep does not. It is an irregular verb, which means it does not follow the same conjugation rules.

Conjugations of Sweep

  • I/we sweep: first person singular and plural present
  • You sweep: second person singular and plural present
  • He/she/it sweeps: third person singular present
  • They sweep: third person plural present
  • Sweeping: present participle
  • Swept: simple past

A few English verbs can take either the –ed ending or the –t ending, such as leapSwept is not one of them, though.

Trick to Remember the Difference

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In your own writing, you should stick to sweptSweeped is nonstandard and is considered a mistake.

Swept vs. Sweeped Check: Since swept rhymes with kept and leapt, it is easy to remember to use swept when you need the past tense version of sweep.


Is it swept of sweeped? Only one of these spelling is a correct conjugation of the word sweep.

  • Swept is the correct past tense conjugation.
  • Sweeped is a misconjugation and a spelling error.

Swept is the past tense conjugation of the verb sweep, which can mean to move swiftlyto clean a floor, or to win all the games in a series.

Sweeped is a nonstandard form that originates in overgeneralization of regular English conjugation rules to this irregular verb.

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About Govind Desikan

AvatarGovind, a master of English language has taken to sharing his experience on English language and focus specifically on finer inputs on English language, IELTS and PTE exams through his posts here.

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