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regular

adjective (USUAL)    /ˈreɡ.jʊ.lər/ US  /-lɚ/
A2 US usual or ordinary: Her regular secretary was off sick for a week. I couldn't see my regular dentist.mainly US I bought a regular size T-shirt, rather than extra large.Standard and routine B1 specialized language describes a verb, noun, or adjective that follows the usual rules in the structure of its various forms: 'To talk' is a regular verb but 'to be' is not.Linguistic terms and linguistic style a regular guy US a normal man who is liked and trustedStandard and routine regular army, soldier, etc. an army that exists all the time, or a soldier in such an armyThe armed forces generally Grammar:Verbs: basic formsSee moreGrammar:Verbs: the three basic formsMain verbs have three basic forms: the base form, the past form and the -ed form (sometimes called the ‘-ed participle’):See moreGrammar:Regular verbsMost verbs in English are regular. Regular verbs add -ing to the base form to make the -ing form, and -ed to the base form to make the past simple and the -ed form.See moreGrammar:Irregular verbsIrregular verbs follow the same rules as regular verbs for the present simple but have different forms for the past simple and the -ed form.See more regularity     /ˌreɡ.jʊˈlær.ə.ti/ US  /-ˈler.ə.t̬i/ noun [U] The same familiar faces reappear in the law courts with depressing regularity.Frequency and regularity - general words regularly     /-li/ adverb B1 Accidents regularly occur on this bend. The competitors set off at regularly spaced intervals.Frequency and regularity - general wordsStandard and routineSimilar and the sameDescribing people with the same qualities
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