Verbs Exercise (382)

Rewrite the following sentences so as to eliminate all verb errors.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: If I would have stayed at home, I would not have broken my leg.
Correct : If I had stayed at home, I would not have broken my leg.

When an "if" clause is used to express something that did not happen, but which, if it had happened would have produced another result, the verb in the "if clause" will be "had," not "would."

2.
Original: The dispatcher told the detective that the medical examiner had went straight from the theater to the crime scene.
Correct : The dispatcher told the detective that the medical examiner had gone straight from the theater to the crime scene.

The irregular verb "to go" has the forms go, went, gone. The form used with "have" and "had" is "gone."

3.
Original: My brother laid in the hammock all day instead of doing yard work as he’d been asked.
Correct : My brother lay in the hammock all day instead of doing yard work as he’d been asked.

As the brother was reclining, the intransitive verb "lay" is called for. The forms for "to lie" (recline) are lie (present), lay (past) lain (past participle).

4.
Original: I live in Chicago, but I never been to the Field Museum of Natural History.
Correct : I live in Chicago, but I have never been to the Field Museum of Natural History.

The verb "been" is the past participle form of the verb "to be"; it requires a helping verb in order to function as a main verb.

5.
Original: Alone in the tower room, the Lady of Shalott wove all day on her loom.
Correct : Alone in the tower room, the Lady of Shalott wove all day on her loom.

This sentence was correct originally. The verb "to weave" has the irregular conjugation "weave, wove, (have) woven." Some modern speakers have begun to use the verb with the regularized past and past participle weaved. The choice of which to use rests with the writer, but when context is historical, literary, or mythical, the older forms wove and woven are the better choice.

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