This page provides example sentences of the verb catch in all tenses including active and passive forms, as well as conditional and modal forms.
Uses of Catch
The verb catch is often used with ball sports.
See if you can catch this ball.
I'll throw you the ball and you catch it.
It is also used to express a transfer from one person to another:
I caught the bug at school
She caught a cold from Tim.
As well as transportation:
I caught the subway on 34th Street.
I'll catch a plane for Denver tonight.
Catch can also be used for discovering people doing something wrong:
I've caught my boy stealing cookies a number of times.
Let's catch the thief.
Common phrasal verbs with catch include: catch up, catch on
Forms of Catch
Base Form catch - used in simple forms / Past Simple caught - used in the past / Past Participle caught / Gerund catching
Examples Sentences With Catch
He catches the train at nine o'clock.
I often catch students' colds.
Present Simple Passive
The ball is caught by the player at first base.
The flu is caught by many during the winter.
They are catching on fast!
He's catching up with me. Run faster!
Present Continuous Passive
The train is being caught by a number of fans.
The fish are being caught in the thousands this month.
He has caught a cold.
I've caught up with my work.
Present Perfect Passive
That train has been caught by more than one million travelers.
That fish as already been caught!
Present Perfect Continuous
He has been catching on slowly.
We have been catching up this week.
Peter caught the ball.
Did you catch the train to New York last week?
Past Simple Passive
The ball was caught by Peter.
His meaning was caught be all.
He was catching the train when he bumped into her.
We were catching up when she walked in the door.
Past Continuous Passive
The train was being caught by hundreds of travelers when the announcement rang out.
The ball was being caught as the runner started for home.
I had caught twenty butterflies by the time she arrived.
They had caught the bus before I called them to cancel the meeting.
Past Perfect Passive
Twenty butterflies had been caught by the time she arrived.
Thirty fly balls had been caught by the outfielder before he won the award.
Past Perfect Continuous
She had been catching butterflies when they arrived.
We'd been catching up on our lives for three hours when we left.
Anna will catch the next train to Boston.
Throw the ball. I'll catch it!
Future (will) passive
That fish will be caught soon.
This ball will be caught by the outfielder.
Future (going to)
Michael is going to catch the ball!
He's going to catch a flight this afternoon.
Future (going to) passive
The ball is going to be caught by Michael!
The flu is going to be caught be everybody if we don't do something.
This time next week I will be catching the train to Boston.
He will be catching up with Peter this time tomorrow.
By the end, he will have caught more than 50 butterflies.
He will have caught more than 300 pitches by the end of the game.
She may catch a cold.
He might catch the ball.
If she catches a cold, she should see a doctor.
Unless he catches the ball, we'll lose the game.
If she caught on faster, she would do better in school.
If he caught more balls, they'd win more games.
Past Unreal Conditional
If they had caught the early train, they would have arrived on time.
If he had caught the ball, they would have won the game.
I can catch the next train.
You should catch a show on Broadway.
He can't have caught the wrong train!
He shouldn't have caught a cold.