Overheard from a TV show about fashion:
"My look should have went out the window 20 years ago."
And the speaker should have studied in English class a little more.
What's a past participle? It's the second word in a combination like "have gone" or "was eaten" (here, the past participles are "gone" and "eaten"). It goes with a helping verb, such as "have" or "was."
What is past tense? It's a standalone verb that describes the past, as in "I went out yesterday."
Sometimes the past participle and the past tense are the same, as in "I should have studied" and "Yesterday I studied." Many times, though, they are different.
You're not allowed to combine a past-tense verb with a helping verb, as in "have went." You have to use a past participle with a helping verb: "have gone."
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