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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Grammar Police ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 2/23/11 9:02 AM

My husband gets on me for how I use the word 'seen'.

For example:

Him: Hey, did you see that on the news last night?

Me: Yes, I seen that.

He says that 'saw' would be the right usage. I say that 'seen' is perfectly fine. Does anyone know for sure?

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Date: 2/23/11 9:04 AM

Quote: SexiSadi
My husband gets on me for how I use the word 'seen'.



For example:



Him: Hey, did you see that on the news last night?



Me: Yes, I seen that.



He says that 'saw' would be the right usage. I say that 'seen' is perfectly fine. Does anyone know for sure?

your husband is correct

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Date: 2/23/11 9:07 AM

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Just remember this and you'll get it right every time:

Use SAW ONLY when you are speaking or writing in the PAST TENSE and when HAS, HAVE, or HAD is NOT a part of the verb.

Example:

I SAW the football game last night at Legion Stadium.

Here, the football game happened obviously in the past (last night), and HAS, HAVE, or HAD is not a part of the verb.


Use SEEN only when you are using HAS, HAVE, or HAD as part of the verb.

Example:

Louise HAD SEEN that TV program several times by the time Kenwood saw it.

Here, SEEN is correct because Had is part of the verb.



http://grammarstars.blogspot.com/2007/09/saw-seen-spin.html

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Date: 2/23/11 9:21 AM

He is correct.

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Date: 2/23/11 9:28 AM

Unless you say "Yes, I have seen that"...

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Date: 2/23/11 9:29 AM

Thank you. I'll be the first to adimt that I had a hard time in English class.

For the word 'seen', I was kind of going on this here wiki. With that link and your explaination, it makes a little bit more sense now.
-- Edited on 2/23/11 9:30 AM --

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Numbers for 2013:
Yards in stash: 606.25
Yards in: 22.75
Yards out: 10.50

Numbers for 2012:
594.00 yards in stash
4 yards in
10.25 yards out

Numbers for 2011:
601.25 yards in stash (I'm sure this number is off by a few yards)
Yards in: 137.50 (Seriously? I'm over 100, and it's only JULY? Ugh!)
Yards out: 88.75

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Date: 2/23/11 10:28 AM

I believe the tenses are

1. I see. (present)
2. I saw (past)
3. I have seen. (past perfect)
-- Edited on 2/23/11 10:29 AM --

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Date: 2/23/11 11:06 AM

Quote: mastdenman
I believe the tenses are



1. I see. (present)

2. I saw (past)

3. I have seen. (past perfect)
-- Edited on 2/23/11 10:29 AM --

One small correction:

I have seen is the PRESENT perfect, not past perfect. (notice the present tense of the auxiliary verb, "have")

I had seen is the PAST perfect (notice the past tense of the auxiliary verb, "had")



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Date: 2/23/11 11:09 AM

Quote:
One small correction:
I have seen is the PRESENT perfect, not past perfect. (notice the present tense of the auxiliary verb, "have")
I had seen is the PAST perfect (notice the past tense of the auxiliary verb, "had")


Um, Claudia, I believe you just got a promotion to Grammar Master Sargent.

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Date: 2/23/11 11:29 AM

I do this for a living. Don't hate me, please. I do try to be a good person.

Claudia

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