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  1. Newbie
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    In the English language what is the correct way to discribe phrases like:
    you should have come, and not you should have came; he did not go, and not he did not went; How do I explain why the grammer is like this?
    Last edited by Jaygee; 24-Jul-2007 at 20:12. Reason: The letter I was missed out

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    Re: Jaygee

    The verb have takes a past participle, as in [1]. In [2], came is not a past participle. It's the past tense of the verb come:

    [1] You should have come. <past participle>
    [2] You should have came. <past tense>

    In English, only one verb per simple sentence can carry tense, as in [3]: the verb did carries tense, and the bare infinitive verb go doesn't carry tense. In [4], there are two tense-carrying verbs: did and went:

    [3] He did not go.
    [4] He did not went.

    Does that help?


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