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What Happened In The Past

What Happened

In The Past

By

Mario V. Farina

Copyright 2016 Mario V. Farina

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1When you need to tell about something that happened in the past, there are some mistakes you can make giving the impression that you may be uneducated. Unscrupulous individuals may be tempted to get away with scams of one kind or another. It behooves everyone to make sure this risk is avoided. Endeavor to use the proper past tense forms when telling about something that happened in the past.

 

Here are some example verbs and their past tense forms:

 

Verb, Past Tense Form

run, ran

sing, sang

play, played

study, studied

hear, heard

eat, ate

climb, climbed

give, gave

drink, drank

deliver, delivered

receive, received

 

Most persons don’t have trouble with verbs like these because they learned to use them correctly as children and the correct forms are easily remembered. However, some persons learned past tense forms that are incorrect.

 

Three words are often misused as past tense words. These are seen, done, and come. Here are some examples of their misuse.

 

Yesterday, I seen the mailman when he delivered the mail early. The word seen is not the correct past tense form of the verb see. The correct word to use in this sentence is saw.

 

The above example sentence should be written this way:

 

Yesterday, I saw the mailman when he delivered the mail early.

 

A second sentence:

 

John told me that he was ashamed because of what he done to the book. The word done is not the correct past tense form of the verb do. The correct word to use in this sentence is did.

 

The above example sentence should be written this way:

 

John told me that he was ashamed because of what he did to the book.

 

A third sentence:

 

The millionaire come to see me about my invention. The word come is not the correct past tense form of the verb come. The correct word to use in this sentence is came.

 

The above example sentence should be written this way:

 

The millionaire came to see me about my invention.

 

To review:

 

In the first sentence, the word seen should be saw.

In the second sentence, the word done should be did.

In the third sentence, the word come should be came.

 

Here are additional sentences illustrating the use of the past tense word, saw.

I saw the sun when it rose this morning.

The citizen told the police what he saw at the time of the robbery

Are you sure you saw the watch on the counter when you got up?

 

Don’t ever say, “I seen . . . ” This makes you seem poorly educated.

 

Here are additional examples that illustrate the correct way of using the past tense word, did.

 

I was unaware that what I did to the seat in the plane could have been considered a crime.

He did the best he could with the tools that he had been given.

Mary was told that what she did for the child helped save her life.

 

Don’t ever say, “I done . . .” This makes you seem poorly educated.

 

Here are additional examples that illustrate the correct way of using the past tense word, came.

 

Roger came at once to help me when I phoned him.

Alice and Helen came to the office when they received my note.

When I asked him to bring the manuscript to my desk, he came with it immediately.

 

Don’t ever say, “He come . . .” This makes you seem poorly educated.

 

 

 

 

 

The words seen, done, and come are not improper all the time. In the correct context they are the best words. Here are some examples that illustrate these words in combination with has, have, and had.

 

I have seen beautiful birds in that tree on many occasions.

Jane has done a marvelous job in transforming the slum to an attractive place.

Ralph had already come to class when it was canceled.

 

In these sentences, you may recognize that the words seen, done, and come are being past participles.

 

Listen to yourself speak. Avoid seeming illiterate with the improper use of the words seen, done, and come when you should be using saw, did, and came.

 

Many past tense forms are easy to understand and use. You simply add “ed” to the verb. Here are some examples.

 

I talked for an hour at the meeting.

He walked three miles yesterday.

Ralph accidentally injured my dog.

Yesterday, we all followed the leader.

They worked on the farm for four hours.

 

If the verb ends with the letter e, all you need to add is d.

 

At times the past tense form of a verb is different from the verb. These need to me memorized. Here are several examples.

 

Jack blew the horn when he saw the pedestrian crossing the street. (The verb is blow.)

I bought the phone at Radio Shack. (The verb is buy.)

You drank more wine than you should have. (The verb is drink)

We heard the train whistle before we saw the train. The verbs are hear and see.)

They rang the bell at the haunted house and a ghost came out. (The verb is ring.)

 

At times you have a choice about which past tense form to use. Here are examples:

 

He dived into the pool from a height of ten feet.

He dove into the pool from a height of ten feet.

 

Entering the house, he lit a candle.

Entering the house, he lighted a candle.

 

Dave sneaked into the factory unseen.

Dave snuck into the factory unseen.

 

The mess in the room stank to high heaven.

The mess in the room stunk to high heaven.

 

I dreamed about falling from a great height.

I dreamt about falling from a great height.

 

At times the past tense form of a verb is the verb itself. Examples:

He cut himself by careless use of the knife.

The balloon burst because he squeezed it.

The batter hit the ball over the fence.

At the casino, we put the money on red.

Wilma quit her job and did not get unemployment insurance.

 

Here for reference are some frequently used verbs and their past tense forms:

 

Verb, Past Tense Form

bear, bore

beat, beat

become, became

begin, began

bend, bent

bet, bet

bite, bit

bleed, bled

blow, blew

break, broke

bring, brought

build, built

burn, burned

burst, burst

buy, bought

catch, caught

choose, chose

come, came

cut, cut

creep, crept

deal, dealt

dig, dug

dive, dived or dove

do, did

draw, drew

dream, dreamed or dreamt

drink, drank

drive, drove

eat, ate

fall, fell

feed, fed

feel, felt

fight, fought

find, found

fling, flung

fly, flew

forbid, forbade or forbad

forget, forgot

forgive, forgave

freeze, froze

get, got

give, gave

go, went

grind, ground

grow, grew

hang, hanged (legal execution)

hang, hung (a picture, etc.)

have, had

hear, heard

hide, hid

hit, hit

hold, held

hurt, hurt

keep, kept

know, knew

lead, led

leave, left

light, lit or lighted

lose, lost

make, made

mean, meant

pay, paid

prove, proved

put, put

quit, quit

read, read

ride, rode

ring, rang

rise, rose

run, ran

see, saw

say, said

see, saw

sell, sold

send, sent

sew, sewed

shake, shook

shave, shaved

shine, shined or shone

shoot, shot

show, showed

shrink, shrank

shut, shut

sing, sang

sit, sat

sleep, slept

slide, sled

sneak, sneaked or snuck

speak, spoke

speed, sped

spend, spent

spill, spilled or spilt

spin, spun

spit, spit or spat

split, split

spread, spread

spring, sprang

stand, stood

steal, stole

stick, stuck

sting, stung

stink, stank or stunk

strike, struck

swear, swore

sweep, swept

swim, swam

take, took

teach, taught

tear, tore

tell, told

think, thought

throw, threw

understand, understood

wear, wore

weep, wept

win, won

wring, wrung

write, wrote

 

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What Happened In The Past

  • Author: Mario V. Farina
  • Published: 2016-06-03 00:35:07
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