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Dear Sir,

From what I have learnt from English Grammar Books, "Could have gone ; Could have done" are correct phrases commonly accepted by many readers and writers.

When Google, I realize that "Could have went ; Could have did" are still widely being used by many native speakers today. They probably have a good reason to say it this way.

Would anyone care to explain?

With great Thanks!
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Nokia88When Google, I realize that "Could have went ; Could have did" are still widely being used by many native speakers today. They probably have a good reason to say it this way.
Could have went ...
Could have did ...
The above are grammatically wrong. Educated native speakers don't speak that way.
I wouldn't go so far as to say that an educated native speaker would never speak that way. Even an educated native speaker might use these forms in very informal English if that is what is commonly used locally (local dialect).

However, things such as "could have went" and "could have did" are definitely considered substandard.
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Nokia88When Google, I realize that "Could have went ; Could have did" are still widely being used by many native speakers today. They probably have a good reason to say it this way.

Could have went ...
Could have did ...
The above are grammatically wrong. Educated native speakers don't speak that way.
Thanks!
YankeeI wouldn't go so far as to say that an educated native speaker would never speak that way. Even an educated native speaker might use these forms in very informal English if that is what is commonly used locally (local dialect).

However, things such as "could have went" and "could have did" are definitely considered substandard.

Thanks!
Confusing past participles is a sign of poor education. This type of English is sometimes referred to as "blue collar English," Incorrect grammar is not driven by "where" someone was raised, but how they were taught.

In addition to "could have went and could have did," other commonly used incorrect (correct words are in parenthesis) words include: "could have became (become), should have drove (driven), should have began (cor begun),might have blew (blown) it, could have broke (broken) it, should have chose (chosen) this one, should have drank Emotion: drunk, could have flew (flown)there, should have gave (given), you should have knew (known), should have sang (sung), could have took (taken), i could have swore (sworn), i should have wore (worn), should have wrote (written), etc..

With enough practice, anyone can correct poor grammar.. Once you do, you'll realize how awful it sounds.
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Thank you, anonymous! I was just listening to YET another TV broadcaster saying "should have went to..." and I cringe every time!!! I was taught English in another country other than the USA. I constantly correct my American friends. I guess proper English doesn't mean much to many people these days. How sad!
How about the many national news readers and talk show hosts who never
use the word take, only the word bring. I correct my grandchildren about
this constantly. The teachers must not know the difference either.
AnonymousThank you, anonymous! I was just listening to YET another TV broadcaster saying "should have went to..." and I cringe every time!!! I was taught English in another country other than the USA. I constantly correct my American friends. I guess proper English doesn't mean much to many people these days. How sad!
I can't agree more ! I am really concerned with the fact that with the advance of electronics and communication, the rate in which the degradation of ability to do simple math without a calculator, and to communicate verbally effectively among the younger population is apparently excelerating compared to a generation ago. With the Smart Phone revolution and home gaming electronics, even the adults nowadays have become the prisoners of the electronic age. It is so ridiculous to see a mother texting to her teenage daughter who happened to be driving. I asked her why she can't call her directly since her daughter has Blue Tooth. She said, she is going with the flow. This is how my lady friend communicates with her family members. Am I old-fashioned ? I'd say not. I am just trying to keep tradition from dying out. Proper English to me, whether written or oral, is important. I supposed some people may say " that don't matter to me"Emotion: big smile
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