I haven’t written a 5 Minute Grammar post in a long time…and it’s high time for a new one!
I’m not sure if my topic today is an Iowa-ism, or a common problem, but I hear it so often here in Iowa, it grates on me. Even my own dear hubs gets this one wrong, which is confusing to me. I don’t remember him saying this before we moved to Iowa in 2006 – but as often as I hear it now – and as many times as I have “gently” (and not so gently) corrected him – it must be normal to him or he would fix it.
Which is right?
I should have gone to the store.
I should have went to store.
If you chose #2, you’re WRONG! If you chose #1, you’re RIGHT!
If you got it wrong, repeat after me: SHOULD HAVE GONE. SHOULD HAVE GONE. SHOULD HAVE GONE. SHOULD HAVE GONE.
If you got it right, pat yourself on the shoulder (or your back if you can reach it…)!
The nitty gritty for this particular grammar rule involves irregular verbs and past participles. If you really care, read this.
Otherwise, please trust me. I teach College Composition. I have a Master’s Degree in English. Never, ever, ever, ever say “I SHOULD HAVE WENT.” Or, for that matter, never put have and went together in any construction. Have and Went never go next to each other in educated English.
And that’s your 5 Minute Grammar Lesson! Enjoy!