Monday, January 21, 2013

swam/swum: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Monday, January 21, 2013

The regular past tense of “swim” is “swam”: “I swam to the island.” However, when the verb is preceded by a helping verb, it changes to “swum”: “I’ve swum to the island every day.” The “’ve” stands for “have,” a helping verb.

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