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Anonymous:My girlfriend gets confused with the use of the words "ate" and "eaten". Can someone explain in simple terms how these terms work? Specifically she uses the word "ate" in sentences like this, "She hasn't ate yet" or "The kids haven't ate yet". Is this proper or should she be using the word "eaten" in this context?
Approved answer (verified by BarbaraPA)
'Ate' is Simple Past tense. eg I ate dinner yesterday.
'Eaten' is the past participle. eg I'm not hungry. I have eaten dinner.
But people who speak this way do not usually understand grammatical explanations.
You could tell her that's why we say 'I have gone' and not 'I have went', but I wouldn't be surprised if she says 'I have went' as well as 'I have ate'.
If you love her, maybe you just have to love the way she speaks as well.[L]
Anonymous:Actually, to really tell would be looking out for Verb Phrases. eg. has, have, had;
EXAMPLE : i HAVE eaten. Now when you use Past Participle,Keep that hint in mind.
When you say "I ate already." No has,have, had , right? & now add have after "i" and change the past in to a past participle which is "eaten"
AnonymousActually, to really tell would be looking out for Verb Phrases. eg. has, have, had;With respect, if you're an English teacher, perhaps you could use proper capitalization.
Anonymous:Im never really sure when to use either of these things. I guess ill just have to Financial news but we can figure out what else needs to be said by that
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