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  1. Rubs28
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    Is it correct to say "Have you took"?

    Hi everyone,
    I've been living in England for a few years now so I consider that my knowledge of the english language although with a lot of room for improvement is quite good. That's why I was really surprised when I heard one of my colleagues from Liverpool the other day asking me: Have you took anything from downstairs? instead of: Have you taken anything from downstairs? When I checked in Google I saw that both ways are used. Can someone tell me whether this is because both are grammatically accepted or it's just a kind of generally accepted misuse?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Is it correct to say "Have you took"?

    Have you took is incorrect, if you ask me.

    Additionally:
    take

    verb (past took; past part. taken)
    (Oxford English Dictionary)

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    Re: Is it correct to say "Have you took"?

    Maybe it's accepted usage in Liverpool.

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    Re: Is it correct to say "Have you took"?

    A lot of British parents in the '60s disapproved of the Beatles because of their 'bad' grammar.

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    Re: Is it correct to say "Have you took"?

    More about the Beatles. They would have said 'we have took' until it was knocked out of them at school; but 'you can take the man out of Liverpool, but you can't take Liverpool out of the man' Hypercorrect grammar is quite common in Lennon-McCartney lyrics, especially 'you and I' used as an object.

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    Re: Is it correct to say "Have you took"?

    Dear rubs,
    You'd probably be taken aback if you learn that in many parts of England, such as London, come is the past tense form of come, which is pronounced "cum"in the north of England. These are just two exaplmes of the many regional varieties of English, which you can't find in dictionaries. These forms aren't wrong; they are just different from standard English.


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    I haven't ever heard a scouser use it. Perhaps he is just a 'soft scally'.

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    Re: Is it correct to say "Have you took"?

    Quote Originally Posted by thod00 View Post
    I haven't ever heard a scouser use it. Perhaps he is just a 'soft scally'.
    Is a scouser a Northerner or a Southerner?



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    Re: Is it correct to say "Have you took"?

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Is a scouser a Northerner or a Southerner?

    Very specifically a Liverpudlian.

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    Re: Is it correct to say "Have you took"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rubs28 View Post
    Hi everyone,
    I've been living in England for a few years now so I consider that my knowledge of the english language although with a lot of room for improvement is quite good. That's why I was really surprised when I heard one of my colleagues from Liverpool the other day asking me: Have you took anything from downstairs? instead of: Have you taken anything from downstairs? When I checked in Google I saw that both ways are used. Can someone tell me whether this is because both are grammatically accepted or it's just a kind of generally accepted misuse?

    Thanks.
    Absolutely not.

    Many native English speakers do not speak standard English. There are thousands of variations based on region, class, race, education, and more.

    Yes, both ways are used. No, both are not grammatically or generally accepted. I'm sure many people from Liverpool talk the way your friend does, but it's not standard English. Your "Have you taken..." is correct grammar. "Have you took..." is not.

    [I edit copy and have tutored university English.]

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