Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Swim / Swam / Swum

In my last post I stated that " I have swam in the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Red Sea. I have swam in Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and Lake Michigan. I have swam in many, many little lakes and rivers."

My grammar conscious brother pointed out that the correct way of expressing this would be "I have swum..."

Yeah, maybe. But I think swum sounds stupid, sort of like the work "squoze".
I choose not to use either one of them.

But for those of you who really care about such things, here's a nifty place that gives lessons on how to use past/present/future tense appropriately:

LESSON TUTOR

3 comments:

Jen said...

My 7 year old was questioning the grammar in a book he was reading, "should it be laid, layed, or lay?" yesterday and I didn't really know what to tell him.

Rozel said...

Some sentences require "is" rather than "are" and I think it sounds horrible. I can't think of one right now but when I do I will come back and post it.

Tristi Pinkston said...

I just may be in denial, but I refuse to believe that "swum" is a word.

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