Monday, July 2, 2012

Seen vs. Saw

Today I was helping some children in the summer recreation program near my hometown.  One child decided to lie to me and say he didn't poke me, when I actually watched him do it.  But when he lied and said he didn't poke me I said, "Yes you did, I seen you!"

The child literally laughed at me and told me to go back to Pre-K and learn English.  I was so humiliated because I even knew that sounded incorrect!  When I finally got home I decided to look up the correct ways to use "seen" and "saw."

One would use "saw" after a subject.  For example, I saw the kid poke me.  One would only use "seen" when using a helping verb, like "have" and "had."  And since I have worked on verbs in my short paper, I knew what a helping verb was.  When one would want to use "seen" they could say something like, I have seen you before. 

I'll make sure I don't make this similar mistake again because I don't want to be laughed at, especially when I plan on being an English teacher in the future!

1 comment:

  1. This made me laugh. I have heard many people say seen instead of saw and it drives me crazy. It is a very common mistake and I feel like a lot of people don't even realize it is incorrect when they say it. It is nice to see what the difference really is.