5 Verb Mistakes You Should Stop Making Today

For the love of good grammar, you saw—not seen—the new show last night.

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 (I’ve) 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.”

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.

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Oppressive much
Oppressive much

How bourgeois! Where I come from, these mannerisms are used predominately by lower class people (and that's where my roots are). For the most part, the above "mistakes" are simplifying complex irregular verbs, making English an easier language to learn and therefore master. By singling out these particular linguistic mannerisms and calling them "wrong", you're making a claim that those who had the privilege to have a certain kind of education or be surrounded by a certain kind of people (those who speak English "well") are better than those from a different background. Have a good think about that.


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