TROUBLESOME and FREQUENTLY MISUSED VERBS

 

Welcome to today's lesson, as we  introduce a lesson in the chapter, "VERBS AND MODALS". You can obtain earlier lessons from our Grammar HELP! Library.

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GOT versus HAVE


There are many commonly misused verb forms in English. 
It's not just learners of English who confuse these forms: Native speakers do, too.  We see these incorrect forms in advertisements, we read them in the lyrics of songs, we read them in novels.  We hear some of them spoken, and we may even say some of these forms ourself in conversational speech.  But when you're writing, the rules change.  Let's take a look at some of these troublesome and frequently misued verbs that we will be dealing with in this unit:

got versus have

fell versus felt


going to versus gonna


say versus tell

GOT versus HAVE


Got
is commonly used incorrectly by native speakers of English and by those learning English.   Correctly used, got is the past tense of the verb (to) get.

Had is the past tense of the verb (to) have

 

Main Verb: Base Form Simple Present Tense SIMPLE PAST TENSE
(to) get GET (don't get)

GETS (doesn't get)
GOT (didn't get)
(to) have HAVE (don't have)

HAS (doesn't have)
HAD (didn't have)

We really got fun with our friends and we really like Friday night.

We really have fun with our friends and we really like Friday night.

At 7 pm, every other Friday, we got this family meeting where we talk about our problems.


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At 7 pm, every other Friday, we _________ a family meeting where we talk about our problems.

 
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Next... Frequently Confused:  fell and felt

In our next unit...

Frequently Confused Verbs: fell vs felt


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