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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Criminal Sentence 467: Show Me the Past Participle

From a book I read:

"But the photos the lieutenant had showed him ... were troubling."

Had showed? Now that's troubling!

Often, the past-tense verb and the past participle are the same, as in "heard": "I heard the bell"/"I have heard the bell." Other times, they're different, as in "ate" and "eaten."

The past tense of "to show" is "showed." The past participle is "shown."


Anonymous said...

Sorry, but the verb "show" has two past participle forms: "shown" and "showed".

The Sentence Sleuth said...

OK, Anon, you may be right but "shown" is definitely more common!