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    Unsure about difference Canadian English to American English for have showed/shown

    I'm reading the sentence "I've showed strength. Haven't I showed them a clear path?
    My personal feeling as a Canadian is that the word should be shown after have, is that correct? Is it any different in American english?
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    Re: Unsure about difference Canadian English to American English for have showed/show

    For the US, the dictionary lists both "shown" and "showed" as the third form, though "shown" sounds more natural to me.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Unsure about difference Canadian English to American English for have showed/show

    I prefer "shown" and similar words in these situations. But not all do.

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    Re: Unsure about difference Canadian English to American English for have showed/show

    Showed, I think. But it's such a minor point.

    There are many words like that: lighted or lit, dove or dived, spelled or spelt, gotten or got, whilst or while. It boils down to personal preference. There's no need to be consistent, either: I prefer lit, dove, gotten or got depending on context, and spelled. Why, I can't really say.

    Except it's "while". Always "while", dammit!

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