Verb Usage Exercise (329)

Edit the following sentences to correct any verb errors you see.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: I seen every episode of Emily Deschanel’s detective series at least twice.
Correct : I have seen every episode of Emily Deschanel’s detective series at least twice.

The present perfect tense ("have" plus the past participle) is used to describe something that has occurred in our lives previous to the time it is spoken of.

2.
Original: We’ve tried marriage counseling, but Harvey don’t want to hear my side of things.
Correct : We’ve tried marriage counseling, but Harvey doesn’t want to hear my side of things.

"Don’t" is a contraction of "do not." "Doesn’t" is a contraction of singular "does not." Harvey is singular, so "doesn’t" is required.

3.
Original: No, you cannot play video games until you’ve wrote that thank-you note to your grandmother.
Correct : No, you cannot play video games until you’ve written that thank-you note to your grandmother.

"You’ve is a contraction of "you have." The helping verb "have" is used with the past participle form of the verb. "Wrote" is the simple past; "written" is the past participle: "have written."

4.
Original: We’ve drunk beer together many a Friday after work; we’ll miss him.
Correct : We’ve drunk beer together many a Friday after work; we’ll miss him.

No error in this sentence. "Drunk" is the past participle of the verb "drink." The simple past is "drank." The form used to form the present perfect is "drunk": "have drunk."

5.
Original: A cat or a dog are in the garage.
Correct : A cat or a dog is in the garage.

When two or more singular nouns or pronouns are connected by "or" or "nor," use a singular verb.

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