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

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  • see

    34 8.13%
  • saw

    92 22.01%
  • sawn

    144 34.45%
  • sawed

    148 35.41%
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Thread: Saw\___\Sawn

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    #1

    Saw\___\Sawn

    Any comments about the past participle?

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    #2

    Re: Saw\___\Sawn

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Any comments about the past participle?
    It has been sawn.

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    #3
    Still is, isn't it?

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    #4
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Still is, isn't it?
    Still is sawn?

    :wink:

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    #5
    Still is the past participle.

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    #6
    Clever, Tdol.

    :wink:

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    #7
    Oops.


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    #8

    Re: Saw\___\Sawn

    'sawn' is losing ground to 'sawed'. This is the way of language. The "new" rule [that's been around for centuries] that ENLs have in their brain is "the past tense is made by adding "ed". Irregular verbs, though still quite individually strong, are fighting a losing battle.

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    #9

    Re: Saw\___\Sawn

    v. saw -sawed - sawed/sawn


    This verb has two forms of past participle : sawed / sawn

    As far as I remember I have always used "sawn", possibly because my former teachers of English preferred this form.




    Regards,
    Last edited by Teia; 18-Aug-2006 at 20:33.

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    #10

    Re: Saw\___\Sawn

    see/saw/seen

    but

    saw/sawed/sawn


    Have a nice day!

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