use of past tense


would you write "something may have come up" or "something may have came up" when talking about the past?

asked Feb 10 '11 at 20:14 angela ghadban New member

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The issue here is that "come" is an irregular verb.  


In perfect tenses (tenses that use 'have'), you use the past participle ('come'), not the past simple ('came').  So, 'something may have come up' is correct.

link comment answered Feb 11 '11 at 12:19 Kimberly Expert

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