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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
The verb have takes a past participle, as in . In , came is not a past participle. It's the past tense of the verb come:
 You should have come. <past participle>
 You should have came. <past tense>
In English, only one verb per simple sentence can carry tense, as in : the verb did carries tense, and the bare infinitive verb go doesn't carry tense. In , there are two tense-carrying verbs: did and went:
 He did not go.
 He did not went.
Does that help?