The Difference Between Send and Sent

The Difference Between Send and Sent: Verbs are the action words in a sentence that express or take action or the state of being.  Verbs are basic building blocks of a sentence or phrase, telling a story about what is taking place. In this article, we will show you the difference between send and sent.

Verbs are mostly modified to induce the tense, voice, mood, and aspect and the agreement with the gender, person, and a number of the subject.

The tense decides the moment in which the action takes place, if it has been done previously, now or later. The main tenses in the English language are the present, past, and future tenses. However, each of these tenses has a perfect form, a progressive form, and a perfect progressive form.



The word ‘send’ is described as ‘cause to go or be taken to a particular destination.’ It is also synonymous with the words: convey, transmit, dispatch, transport, deliver, yield, direct, remit, mail, or Forward.

The verb ‘send’ is often used in the world of sport. To ‘send it’ means to not be too critical and go insanely big. The word has a Proto-Germanic origin with the main word being ‘sandijanan’ which directly interprets as ‘go’ or ‘journey.’ The verb was then grasp into Old English as the word ‘sendan’.  The Old English word simply means ‘’send, throw,’’ or ‘’send forth.’’

However, the continuous tense and future continuous tense of the word ‘send’ is ‘sending.’ The continuous tense indicates that the action is in progress, and the future continuous tense means that the action is going on at the moment and is still to take in the future.


1. Please send my sister the parcel.

2. I send her a snack every day.

3. Send my best wishes to your family. 

4. He will send you a doll. 

5. What book should I send? 

6. Will she send me a laptop? 

7. Kate always sends me a text 

8. Please send him a striped tie. 

9. Can we send you a clip? 

10. She will send you a car.


This is the past tense of the word ‘Send’. The word ‘Sent’ also doubles as both the past simple tense and past participle tense of the word and its past progressive tense and past perfect progressive tense. The past tense ‘Sent’ means that the action in question has already taken place. Sent is used after you’ve started or ended the action.


1. I have sent your sister the parcel.

2. Her snack has been sent.

3. I sent my wishes to your family.

4. He had sent you a doll.

5. Where is the book I sent you?

6. Who bought the laptop i sent? 

7. Kate sent you a text through the month.

8. Did you send him a striped tie?

9. Where is the clip I sent?

10. I sent him the car as promised. 

The Difference Between Send and Sent

  • The verb ‘send’ means ‘to cause to go or to be taken somewhere’. The word ‘sent’ is a combination of the verb ‘send.’
  • The word ‘Send’ generally interprets as an instruction to send while ‘Sent’ means that the object has been sent and assumed to have arrived.
  • The verb ‘send’ is the present perfect tense of the verb whereas, ‘sent’ is the past tense and past participle tense of the verb.
  • The verbs ‘Send’ and ‘Sent’ have progressive forms. However, the word ‘send’ is used in its present form and the word ‘sent’ is used in its past form.
  • The word ‘’Send’’ can be used as a command or as an infinitive while ‘’Sent’’ can’t be used as a command.
  • The word ‘Sent’ can be used as an adjective and as part of the passive voice while the other way round is the case of ‘Send’.
  • ‘Send’ is the present tense of the verb while ‘Sent’ is the past tense and past progressive tense.
  • The word ‘Send’ is to be used before you complete or begin the action while ‘Sent’ is to be used after you’ve started or ended the action.
  • ‘Send’ and ‘Sent’ means different tenses of the same verb.
  • The verb ‘Send’ is an irregular verb; that’s why instead of adding “ed” to form its past tense, it changes its spelling to form the word ‘sent.’

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