What is the past tense of the verb, "forgo"? The present/future tense is easy: "I am forgoing dessert, thank you" or "I intend to forgo dessert at dinner tonight." But what is the PAST tense of the verb, "forgo"? "Last night at dinner I (?) dessert." Forgoed? Forwent? Neither of those seem correct. So what IS it? Note: Do not confuse "forgo" (to do without) with "forego" (to precede or go ahead of). We are only talking about the verb, "forgo" here.