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    Default they win the game or won the game

    Hi,

    I was watching a badminton mixed double game, and after the game was over, i said, "They won the game." He corrected me, "They win the game."
    Is it true coming from a non-native speaker of English?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: they win the game or won the game

    =Not a Teacher+

    No. The past form of "win" is "won".

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    Default Re: they win the game or won the game

    After the fact, you say "they won the game."

    At the moment of triumph, you could say "they win the game!"

    YouTube - The Shot Heard 'Round The World

    See this famous clip from baseball, the announcer screams in jubilation "The Giants win the pennant!"

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    Default Re: they win the game or won the game

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    Hi,

    I was watching a badminton mixed double game, and after the game was over, i said, "They won the game." He corrected me, "They win the game."
    Is it true coming from a non-native speaker of English?

    Thanks

    ***** A NON-TEACHER's COMMENT *****


    (1) As Curates-Egg and Soothing Dave told you, both answers

    are good English.

    (2) As Soothing David explained, at the moment of your victory,

    you can use the present tense because your victory is so

    new. Let's say that you and a friend are playing chess. (I know

    nothing about chess.) Let's say that you make a move that gives the

    game to you. Well, you might smile, look at your friend, and yell:

    I win!!!

    Respectfully yours,


    James


    P.S. Don't worry about little things like this. Little by little you will

    start to understand. For example, maybe a friend one day will say

    to you: I hear that you are getting married next week. Maybe your

    friend heard the news last week, but he uses "hear" because it makes

    the news seem more immediate. (If he had said, "I heard...." that would

    have been OK, too.)


    Respectfully yours,


    James

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