What is Spoke vs. Spoken, Some people confuse the past tense and past participle of the verb “to speak” by using the word “spoke” rather than “spoken” (and vice versa). The easiest way to not mix up the two is to remember that “spoke” implies the communications, conversations, and verbal exchanges are past and finished. Additionally, when using the word “spoken” (the past participle of speak), the auxiliary words “has” or “had” always the proceed. “Spoke” is the simple past tense of speak.