Word of the Day: went

The Word of the Day: went. Why do we say, “John goes to the pawn shop today,” but “John went to the pawn shop yesterday?” Where does that come from? German doesn’t have it. In the Krautic tongue, people say ich gehe, I go, and ich ginge, I went. The past ginge is in the same corral with the present gehe. So what happened to us?Our Old English verb gan, to go, to walk, had two past tenses, depending on where you were and what century it was. One was based on a completely different … [Read more...]

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