A good writer should march to the beat of a different drum, except marching to that beat represents a cliche, something all writers should avoid. In the preceding sentence, "beat" wore the trappings of a noun, but, like many words, it's versatile enough to perform additional duties as a verb or adjective. We will concern ourselves with examples of "beat" as a verb in all of its tenses, including in the active, passive, conditional, and modal forms.
All Forms of Beat
Base Form beat / Past Simple beat / Past Participle beaten / Gerund beating
I often beat my friends at chess.
Present Simple Passive
Jack is usually beaten by Mary in poker.
Johnson is beating Anderson in the boxing match.
Present Continuous Passive
Anderson is being beaten by Johnson in the boxing match.
Peter has beaten me at least fifty times at chess.
Present Perfect Passive
I've have been beaten at chess at least fifty times by Peter.
Present Perfect Continuous
Jennifer beat me last week.
Past Simple Passive
I was beaten by Jennifer last week.
I was beating Peter in that game when you walked in the door.
Past Continuous Passive
Peter was being beaten when you walked in the door.
Tom had beaten Jane at least ten times before Jane finally won a match.
Past Perfect Passive
Jane had been beaten by Tom at least time times before she finally won a match.
Past Perfect Continuous
I will beat you the next time we play.
Future (will) Passive
She will be beaten in the next match.
Future (going to)
Look! Jack is going to beat Mark.
Future (going to) Passive
Look! Mark is going to be beaten by Mark.
This time next week, I'll be beating you in our rematch.
By the time you read this, he will have been beaten by his opponent.
I think she might beat Ralph in the next game.
If she continues like this, she will beat her opponent.
If she played better, she would beat Jack.
Past Unreal Conditional
If Peter had concentrated more, he would have beaten his opponent.
He should beat Mark.
They must have beaten their opponents. They are so much better at chess!
Quiz: Conjugate With Beat
Use the verb "to beat" to conjugate the following sentences. Quiz answers are below. In some cases, more than one answer may be correct.
- Jennifer _____ me last week.
- Tom _____ Jane at least ten times before Jane finally won a match.
- Johnson ______ Anderson in the boxing match.
- If Peter had concentrated more, he _____ his opponent.
- Look! Mark _____ by Mark.
- Peter _____ me at least fifty times at chess.
- Jack _____ usually _____ by Mary in poker.
- I often _____ my friends at chess.
- By the time you read this, he ______ by his opponent.
- had beaten
- is beating
- would have beaten
- is going to be beaten
- has beaten
- is beaten
- will have been beaten