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Part 2 Grammar Skills Review

Informal Versus Standard

In the informal use of the English language, we often hear these Irregular verbs used differently than the standard. Consider the following:

I seen her yesterday. (Informal)

I saw her yesterday. (Standard)

In addition to these differences, sometimes helping verbs are omitted. In the standard, the helping verb is essential for some verb tenses.

I hanging out with friends all weekend. (Informal)

I was hanging out with friends all weekend. (Standard)

Also, the verb “to be” can be used in a different manner in the Informal.

I be feeling very blessed. (Informal)

I am feeling very blessed. (Standard)

Using the informal can cut down on clear communication, especially when someone outside the writer’s informal circle has no idea what that expression means. While the informal is appropriate in some settings, as a rule of thumb, it is inappropriate in most workplaces or in academic writing.

Exercise 4:

Write complete sentences using the following irregular verbs in one of the five verb tenses listed above (Present, Past, Future, Present Perfect, Past Perfect). Do not change the word at all.

Ex. Break – “Break” can be used in either present or future tense.

I will break the school record in shot-put.


Exercise 5:

In the following, change the form of the verb from the informal to the standard. Refer to the Table of Irregular Verbs to assist you.

Ex. I seen her yesterday. ___saw___

I have ate my dinner already. __________
He had went to the party before I came home. _________
I written my paper already. _________
We have tooken our test. _________
Jake had came home from Afghanistan. _________
She have a really good day today. _________
LaQuiche break the school record every time she run in the games. ___________________
What do Lisa do every Friday night? _______________

Exercise 6:

Looking at the verbs, label each correct sentence with a C. If the verb tense is incorrect, make that correction.

I have broke a vase. _____________________________________
He has came here every evening for a week. __________________________
He had done his work and left. _____________________________________
She has drove her car to school all year. ______________________________
I had ate my dinner before she came home. ___________________________
He has went home. _______________________________________________
I seen her yesterday. _____________________________________________
Her dad has took her home. ________________________________________
I have wrote him every week. ______________________________________
Mary has driven her poor mother crazy with her poor attitude. _____________


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