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These are articles that deal with topics in English grammar. Topics discussed are The Six Persons, Using the Correct Past Participle; The Past Tense; The Troublesome Third Person Singular; The Confusing Double Negative; The Use of OK and You Know; Useless Words; The Incorrect Use of Don't; Personal Pronouns; and more. The objective of this set of articles is to help you speak English better.

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Introduction

These days it may not be as important to speak English well as it once was. The upside to this is that you can speak as sloppily as you wish and no one will care. The downside is that there may come a time when speaking English well may determine whether you get a job you've applied for, win a case in small claims, convince an administrator that you have a valid complaint, explaining an idea you have to your supervisor, and more.

Yes, most of the time it does not matter how poorly you speak English; others will understand you. However, you may be risking being considered uneducated and, therefore, becoming vulnerable to scams, being insulted, not being taken seriously when you most want this, etc. Despite the advantages to speaking English any old way, you should, at least, know the correct way so that when the chips are down, you'll be able to win the trick.

This book is not a complete text in English grammar. It's merely a presentation of the ways that your speaking English poorly can hurt you. I know you're an educated person; otherwise, you wouldn't be reading this book. If you see that you have a problem with some of the topics mentioned below, you may be motivated to correct them. Even better, you may be motivated to take a complete course in English at a school.

1 Using The Correct Past Participle

This series of discussions is designed to be non-technical. It's purpose is to enable you to 1 speak better English without getting the gobbledegook that is often inherent in formal courses taught in schools. I’m not arguing against formal language. It's required in a formal course. My objective is teach you what you need to know without a lot of extraneous verbiage.

A lot of people make serious mistakes in the use of the past participle in the several verbs that I have selected for this e-book. The past participle is the word you need to use following the words has, have, and had. Here is an example:

I have gave to the Red Cross at the office.

In this sentence, the past participle is the word, gave. Proper English requires you use the word given.

Therefore, the wrong way to write the sentence is:

I have gave to the Red Cross at the office .

The right way is:

I have given to the Red Cross at the office.

Does it make a difference whether you use the correct past participle or the incorrect one. Most times it won’t because you’ll be speaking informally to family, friends, people on the street, etc. But sometimes it will make a difference. You may be talking to a prospective employer, a bank officer, a judge in a small claims case, a car dealer, a salesperson, etc. These people will judge you by the way you speak and they will treat you accordingly. If they judge you to be educated, they may well treat you differently than if they feel you are the opposite. They may try to take advantage