I'm generally pretty good with my grammar etc but I've never really got the hang of when to use these words. Funny how you can come through 13 years of British education and not actually be told/corrected on it once... I remember getting to Year 3 and finding out I'd been spelling 'was' as 'woz' the whole time and was absolutely raging the teachers had never pointed me in the right direction!
So yeah, when do you use 'written' and when do you use 'wrote'?
While we're at it, effect/affect? It's not just as simple as noun/verb is it?
'Written' is the past participle: the book was written. 'Wrote' is just the past tense: I wrote the book.
And affect is the verb; effect the noun except in the obscurer usage of effect which means to "cause to come into being".
It was written that I wrote a book.
I have written, he has written etc. You use written with have/has (or another auxiliary like was).
I wrote, he wrote etc.
"wrote" = perfect past tense, ie:
"written" used to form pluperfect (ie step in time before perfect past) -
I had written
or in the phrase
It was written...
ooh, just got that thing where you look at a word and it just looks so much like it's been spelt wrongly with "written" ... hate that!
Today I said.
"I've already wrote it out" ( referring to paperwork).
Somebody piped up..
"You mean you've already written it out"
Who is right. Which sentence is correct?
Written is a passive verb. Wrote is an active verb. Both past tense.
it was written in the history books that I wrote my name wrong
Effect is like in the movies producing an effect. affect is like giving someone a cold they are affected by the cold. I am affected in my bones by cold weather. Some common errors They're theirs over there. We're where we were to wear them last year. I haven't passed it in the past ten years. Should've Should have not Should of.
Even after a decade of responses, I apologize but this *still* has not answered my take on the question. (Note:I did not write the question; Google just brought me here.)
I neither have any problem spelling it nor do I care the technical definitions of what is a &quot;participle&quot ; etc. (Although I found much of it interesting...so still thank you for the responses!)
I simply want to know:
Which is correct (or at least preferred)?
&quot;She wrote a book.&quot;
&quot;She has written a book.&quot;
If both are correct is there a subtle difference between each example? (For instance, does using &quot;wrote&quot; imply that the book is finished? Or is a different one preferred if using &quot;the book&quot; instead of &quot;a book.&quot; (I know it probably does not mean this; I am just using these examples since I really still do not know the answer to this question!))
Thanks in advance!