View Poll Results: What's the simple past of 'show'?

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  • shew

    473 29.25%
  • showed

    750 46.38%
  • shown

    394 24.37%
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Thread: Show\___\Shown

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    Show\___\Shown


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    Re: Show\___\Shown

    I would use shown in this way, "He had shown them something" and I would use showed in this way, "I showed them that."

    By the way, what is the "had" part of my first sentence? I can't remember it from my highschool french class (where I learned more about the english language than I ever had from my 13 years of English education in the American public school system :? ).

    Also, in Exodus 33:18 it says, "And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory." (I think this is Moses to the Lord)

    Trick question, I say!

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    #3

    Re: Show\___\Shown

    Quote Originally Posted by Samantha
    I would use shown in this way, "He had shown them something" and I would use showed in this way, "I showed them that."

    By the way, what is the "had" part of my first sentence? I can't remember it from my highschool french class (where I learned more about the english language than I ever had from my 13 years of English education in the American public school system :? ).

    Also, in Exodus 33:18 it says, "And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory." (I think this is Moses to the Lord)

    Trick question, I say!
    The word had is an auxiliary verb.

    Auxiliary Verb
    http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary...iary-verb.html

    :) :)

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    #4
    Shew and, even, shewed are old forms that are not used nowadays, but are still found in old texts.


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    Re: Show\___\Shown

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    8) 8) i agree with samantha 8) 8)

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    Quite right.

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    #7
    You said that Shewed and shew are old forms and that they cannot be found but in old English/texts.
    I want to know that you did not mean the second choice, showed.
    I was afraid you made a spelling mistake

    Keep smiling :wink:


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    #8

    Re: Show\___\Shown

    Nowadays the correct form is "showed".


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    #9

    Re: Show\___\Shown


    He had shown them something

    i have shown them something

    i showed them something


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    #10

    Re: Show\___\Shown

    showed

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