In writing, verb rules seem to be the most basic aspect of grammar that we should perfect. However sometimes, because these rules seem to be too basic for us, we tend to forget, ignore or overlook them.
We understand that sometimes we slip in writing, so with this blog article we got you covered! We provided 10 common verb mistakes you should stop making today!
Grammarly provided the first 5 most common verb mistakes below, but here’s the catch! We also added a few to them!
1. I SEEN VS. I SAW
Incorrect: I seen the movie last week.
Correct: I saw the movie last week.
2. I BEEN VS. I HAVE BEEN
Incorrect: I been there.
Correct: I have been there.
3. I DONE VS. I DID
Incorrect: I done the homework.
Correct: I did the homework.
4. WE WAS VS. WE WERE
Incorrect: We was just about to start the reading.
Correct: We were just about to start the reading.
5. I WOULD OF VS. I WOULD HAVE
Incorrect: I would of gone with you if I knew.
Correct: I would have (would’ve) gone with you if I had known.
6. CAN’T HARDLY VS. CAN HARDLY
Incorrect: We can’t hardly finish writing our thesis.
Correct: We can hardly finish writing our thesis.
7. SUPPOSE TO VS. SUPPOSED TO
Incorrect: I was suppose to go on a trip to Singapore next month.
Correct: I was supposed to go on a trip to Singapore next month.
8. USE TO VS. USED TO
Incorrect: I use to be strict about my schedule, but now I am learning to be more flexible.
Correct: I used to be strict about my schedule, but now I am learning to be more flexible.
9. INCONSISTENT VERB FORMS
A lot of people usually overlook this error. In writing any piece, make sure that your verb usage is consistent. Decide early on whether you are going to use past or present.
If the entire piece necessitates usage of different verb tenses, then make sure that you write with consistent verb forms at least in a sentence.
10. DISREGARDING OR FORGETTING VERB FORMS WITH RULE EXCEPTIONS
According to Big Words 101, below are the verbs that do not follow usual verb form rules (which is just adding -ed to a present tense to form past tense and past participle and -ied if the verb ends in y). These are the ones with rule exceptions.
The examples below have forms that remain the same in past and past participle forms.
- sit, sat, have sat
- lead, led, have led
- bring, brought, have brought
- hang, hung, have hung
- lay, laid, have laid
- teach, taught, have taught
- catch, caught, have caught
- build, built, have built
While the examples below use more complicated exceptions to the rule in verb forms, which may be hard for beginners in learning the English language.
- I ate, but I have eaten. Not I have ate some cake already.
- I began, but I have begun. Not I have began my speech.
- I bit, but I have bitten. Not I have bit into the cookie.
- I broke, but I have broken. Not I have broke the vase..
- I chose, but I have chosen.Not I have chose that dress.
- I drank, but I have drunk. Not I have drank all the water.
- I forgave, but I have forgiven. Not I have forgave her for lying.
- I froze, but I have frozen. Not I have froze the leftovers.
- I rode, but I have ridden. Not I have rode a horse before.
- I rang, but I have rung. Not I have rang the doorbell.
- I ran, but I have run. Not I have ran a mile.
- I sang, but I have sung. Not I have sang in front of an audience.
- I sank, but I have sunk. Not I have sank when I tried to swim.
- I spoke, but I have spoken. Not I have spoke to her about it.
- I stole, but I have stolen. Not I have stole the letters.
- I swam, but I have swum. Not I have swam every day this week.
- I wrote, but I have written. Not I have wrote him a letter.
- I went, but I have gone. Not I have went to work today.
Bonus: Be careful with past simple (I knew) and past perfect (I had known) constructions. Though they have similar meanings, it’s best to use the tense that matches the tense in the first part of the sentence (I would have). Match have/had constructions with have/had in clause pairs.
There you go! Don’t EVER forget these grammar mistakes and rules and stay away from them!
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