GREEN for RIGHT
RED for WRONG
There is a tendency to say I seen it instead of I saw it.
Saw is the PAST TENSE of the verb see, and usually comes immediately after NOUNS and PRONOUNS.
Seen is the PAST PARTICIPLE of the VERB see.
Generally, seen is used alongside have, has, had, was or were in a sentence to make COMPOUND VERBS.
USAGE: saw : This word is a stand-alone VERB. It doesn’t need another VERB to prop it up.
(a) after NOUNS
(b) after PRONOUNS
This word isn’t a stand-alone VERB. It needs another VERB to prop it up to form a COMPOUND VERB.
(a) after NOUNS:
(b) after PRONOUNS:
Saw usually comes immediately after the NOUN or PRONOUN.
EXAMPLE: Tim saw the girl and I saw the boy.
The rule changes – and note that saw changes to seen in the process – when a question is asked or when a CONJUNCTION is omitted from a sentence which results in the re-arrangement of the NOUN / PRONOUN and the two parts of the COMPOUND VERB.
Write saw or seen in the following sentences:
1. Kevin ____________ the concert.
2. They _____________ the panto.
3. We _______________ the fight.
4. They ______________ the egg-and-spoon race.
5. Who __________ the aeroplane on the runway?
6. She ______________ the train on the tracks.
7. Kate ______________ the books on the shelf.
8. I have ______________ all my exam results.
9. Has he _______ his new niece since he came home?
10. Had I ________ the condition of the apartment beforehand, I wouldn’t have rented it.
Answers: 1. saw 2. saw 3. saw 4. saw 5. saw 6. saw 7. saw 8. seen 9. seen 10. seen
Generally, saw follows I, You, He, She, We, Ye, They
& names of people, animals, etc.
I saw it as in I saw a saw sawing in Warsaw and of all the saws that I saw sawing, I never saw a saw sawing like the saw that I saw sawing in Warsaw.