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Thread: Saw\___\Sawn

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    #11

    Re: Saw\___\Sawn

    Sawed but that's not for sure.

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    #12

    Re: Saw\___\Sawn

    I did't know, but according to the posts the correct is sawed...
    I did confusion with the irregular verb "To see"
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    #13

    Re: Saw\___\Sawn

    Quote Originally Posted by Marco_BR View Post
    I did't know, but according to the posts the correct is sawed...
    I did confusion with the irregular verb "To see"
    It's an easy mistake to make.

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    #14

    Re: Saw\___\Sawn

    I always used "sawn", maybe it's because I'm a Britisher, but sawn always feels more natural to me than sawed, I always the "-N" ending on past participles when applicable, because, as I said, they feel more natural to me.

    Also the answers are a bit strange, they start with "See", then go to "Saw" (which is OK), but then goes to "Sawn"/"Sawed", the Saw that's the past tense version of "See" is different from the "Saw" that "Sawn" and "Sawed" come from.

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    #15

    Lightbulb Re: Saw\___\Sawn

    The two are possible ''Sawed'' or ''sawn''

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    #16

    Re: Saw\___\Sawn

    Quote Originally Posted by Knowledge is life View Post
    The two are possible ''Sawed'' or ''sawn''
    There are some interesting comments here. The question is about the simple past, not the past participle.

    "I saw the piece of wood." present
    "I sawed the piece of wood." <- The question relates to the simple past.
    "I have sawn/sawed the piece of wood."

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    #17

    Re: Saw\___\Sawn

    I tried out the past participle options and decided that the only way I'd say this is I have cut the board. Sawed and especially sawn​ feel unnatural to me.
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    #18

    Re: Saw\___\Sawn

    It's interesting to compare BrE and AmE Ngrams
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    #19

    Re: Saw\___\Sawn

    The ngrams support my intuition that AmE uses the present perfect of to saw​ very rarely. It's an order of magnitude more common in BrE.
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