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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (April 17, 2010)

Beware the Irregular Past Participle

English has at least 60 or more verbs that have a different past participle than simple past. So, when we say something in the present perfect tense, for example, we need to be careful.

Which is correct?

I have went to the English class for three months.

I have gone to the English class for three months.

Congratulations if you picked the second example!

Note that problems with irregular forms of the past participle are far more common in native speakers than they are in ESL learners. Most people learning English as a second language have faced drills to make sure they learn (and remember) all the irregular forms.

Maybe itís time that native speakers had the same level of instruction in their own language.


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