The verb "to see" — a grammar rant

I’m not a picky grammarian–especially not in spoken English, but nothing makes me cringe more than “I seen”. I actually have a pretty good friend who says it with some regularity, but I must admit I don’t think I would have given him the chance to be a friend if he hadn’t been the partner of another good friend. (I suppose that says more about me than him, doesn’t it. Too quick to judge at times.)

The other night I heard someone being interviewed on TV say, “I have saw.”

Okay, in speech we all make mistakes, (hey, we make them in written english, too), but this person did it more than once making it seem like she thought it was correct.

People. It’s not that hard.

Of course, this is from someone who co-founded a weblog called Drunk Writer Talk… But really, Drunken Writer Talk doesn’t sound as good, does it? Besides, my dictionary lists both words as adjectives :-)

  2 comments for “The verb "to see" — a grammar rant

  1. October 14, 2006 at 7:29 pm

    Well, I’m in the Appalachians, so you’d shudder to hear me speak. I know correct grammar, but it’s tough to remember it when I’m surrounded by hundreds of hicks, roflmao!

  2. October 16, 2006 at 5:12 am

    You know… everyone makes mistakes in spoken english and I realize that there are variations on english in different areas of the world making one person’s mistakes another person’s proper english.

    I should be more tolerant :-)

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