You can tell when to use ring, rang, or rung by whether you need the present, past, or past participle (used with has or have) form.
I always ring the bell after I knock.
He rings twice before entering.
I rang the bell after I knocked.
He rang twice before entering.
Past participle: has or have rung
Past participles are used with all perfect forms of a verb.
I have rung the bell.
She has rung the bell.
I had rung the bell.
She had rung the bell.
Example: I will have rung the bell by noon if the automated system is still malfunctioning.
Example: I would have rung the bell if the automated system had still been malfunctioning.
The present participle of ring is ringing. Present participles are used with to be verbs.
I am ringing the bell.
She was ringing the bell.
We will be ringing the bell.
1. He rings/rangs/rungs the bell to get the students’ attention.
2. We ring/rang/rung the bell, but no one answered the door.
3. She had ringed/rang/rung the bell three times before I was near enough to hear it.
4. They are ringing/ranging/runging the bell to start trading in the stock market.
Pop Quiz Answers
1. He rings the bell to get the students’ attention.
2. We rang the bell, but no one answered the door.
3. She had rung the bell three times before I was near enough to hear it.
4. They are ringing the bell to start trading in the stock market.
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