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The Meaning and Past Tense of Hide in English

The meaning and Past Tense of Hide in English

What Does the Word Hide Mean?

The word hide is an irregular verb (one of the eight parts of speech) that means preventing someone or something or yourself from being seen or discovered.

The word ‘hide’ has two other meanings. When used as a noun, it means the solid thick skin of an animal and also refers to a place where people can watch wild animals or birds.

What’s the Past Tense of Hide?

Past Tense or V2: Hid is the past tense of hide.
Other Forms
Root or Bas Form: Hide
Past Participle or V3: Hidden
-ing or Present Participle: Hiding
Present and Past Perfect: have/has and had hidden

The Tenses of Hide

Simple Present Tense 

With the simple present, we use the base form with an addition of -s with third person singular, i.e., he, she, and it.
  • I/We/ You/They + hide. 
  • He/She/It + hides. 

Simple Past Tense 

The simple past tense of the verb hide is ‘hid,’ and it is the same with all subjects.
  • I/You/ We/ They/ He/She + It hid.

Simple Future Tense

In the future simple tense will/shall go before the base form, i.e., hide.
  • I/ You/ He/She/It/They + will hide.

Present Continuous Tense

  • I am hiding.
  • We/You/They/ + are hiding. 
  • He/She/It + is hiding. 

Past Continuous Tense

  • I/He/She/It + was hiding.
  • We/You/They + were hiding. 

Past Continuous Tense

  • I/We/You/ He/She/It/They + will be hiding.

Present Perfect Tense

  • I/ We/You/They/ + have hidden.
  • He/She/It or other singular subject + has hidden. 

Past Perfect Tense

Use had before the past participle of hide, i.e. hidden
  • I/We/You/They/ He/She/It + had hidden.

Future Perfect Tense

  • I/We/You/They/He/She/It + will have hidden.

Present Perfect Continuous Tense

  • I/We/You/They + have been hiding.
  • He/She/It + has been hiding. 

Past Perfect Continuous Tense

  • Singular & Plural: I/We/You/They/ He/She/It + had been hiding.

Past Perfect Continuous Tense

  • Singular Subject: I/He/She/It + will have been hiding.
  • Plural Subject: We/You/They + will have been hiding. 

Use of Hide in Sentences

  • I used to hide my laptop under my bed. 
  • She hides her ring beneath a heavy stone.
  • She didn’t hide the truth.
  • I hid my phone in the suitcase.
  • We hid the papers from all the students.
  • One student is hiding under a chair in the classroom.
  • I was hiding my phone from dad when he entered the room.
  • The man has hidden heroin inside the lining of his suitcase. 
  • I've been hiding this phone from my brother for one month.
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