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Is swum a word?

We have been arguing about this since this past weekend at work. I've looked it up and it was in a dictionary, but other people have looked it up and said that it wasn't. I'm just wondering if it really is a word or not help me out!

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posted 7-Mar-2007 11:30am  
According to Merriam Webster it's a word, but not one I'd use.
posted 7-Mar-2007 11:46am  
Yup. It is both the perfect and pluperfect form of the verb 'to swim' (i.e. I have swum, I had swum). The imperfect form of 'to swim' is swam (i.e. I swam).
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posted 7-Mar-2007 12:07pm  
Are you starting to doubt that you really found it in the dictionary?
posted 7-Mar-2007 12:29pm  
The most commonly used past tense of swim is currently swam. Past tenses change, though. A while ago, the accepted past tense of dive was actually dived, but now dove has become accepted also.
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posted 7-Mar-2007 12:36pm  
Yes. It's the past participle, so you need it for certain verbal constructions. For instance, you would say "I swam for the first time yesterday," but "I had never swum before."
posted 7-Mar-2007 12:50pm  
Isn't it funny how when you say a word over and over it starts to not sound right?
posted 7-Mar-2007 1:02pm  
I would say swam.
posted 7-Mar-2007 1:46pm  
Sure, why not.
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posted 7-Mar-2007 1:47pm  
I guess so, but I refuse to use it.
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posted 7-Mar-2007 2:06pm  
I would never hesitate to use this word in a sentance," After all of us have swum, we will than have snacks."
posted 7-Mar-2007 2:24pm  
Its "swam" isnt it?.,.......... never heard of swum
posted 7-Mar-2007 2:26pm  
I'd use swam instead.
(reply to Enheduanna) posted 7-Mar-2007 2:28pm  
Yes. It's the past participle, so you need it for certain verbal constructions. For instance, you would say "I swam for the first time yesterday," but "I had never swum before."

I hear you, and dont doubt you........... but I would say something like "I went swimming yesterday for the first time" but "I had never swam before"
posted 7-Mar-2007 2:32pm  
Swum swum swum swum swum swum.. wierd..
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(reply to gambler) posted 7-Mar-2007 3:03pm  
I probably do that sometimes, too! I think that's just how languages change: people start to get used to saying something that's technically incorrect, so that eventually the "wrong" form not only sounds right, but becomes right.
posted 7-Mar-2007 3:22pm  
No, shouldn't it be 'swam'
posted 7-Mar-2007 3:37pm  
You mean like "she swum the English Channel"? No, "she swam the English Channel".
posted 7-Mar-2007 4:36pm  
I think so. I also think that you can use "swam" in the same way. I'm totally sure though.
posted 7-Mar-2007 5:43pm  
I dunno...Isn't swam?
posted 7-Mar-2007 6:19pm  
It's an old word. Past tense of swim, not used nearly as often as swam. This is but a shred of evidence of how grammar is on a steady decline.
posted 7-Mar-2007 6:57pm  
Past tense is 'swam', not 'swum'. Those other examples of 'swum' seem proper though.

We swam though the swamp. We'd be cleaner if we hadn't swum through the scum.
posted 7-Mar-2007 11:28pm  
posted 8-Mar-2007 12:22am  
I say no it isn't without looking it up. I believe it is 'swim, swam, have swam'

Ok, now I don't even know if I use it or not.. I might say it..........
posted 8-Mar-2007 12:49am  
posted 8-Mar-2007 2:10am  
According to it is, but it's sure an awkward sounding word.... like it shouldn't be one.
posted 8-Mar-2007 2:51am  
Yes, it is the past participle of swim.
posted 8-Mar-2007 3:40pm  
According to, it's a word. But I don't recall ever using this past tense verb before. It just sounds odd.
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(reply to Enigma) posted 9-Mar-2007 12:45pm  
Is the English Channel scummy? Than it would have been a "swum".
"I swim in scum....I swum"
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(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 9-Mar-2007 12:46pm  
You beat me to it!
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(reply to RGirl) posted 9-Mar-2007 12:48pm  
Your avatar is sooo gay laughing out loud
(reply to cloudhugger) posted 9-Mar-2007 4:23pm  
Well, its for my friend LJD, the Nazi homophobic racist. We're having issues over in the Do you like hippies thread.
posted 9-Mar-2007 7:15pm  
Yes, that's what I've learned in school: to swim-swam-swum.
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posted 12-Mar-2007 7:45am  
no, it is not.
posted 14-Mar-2007 5:11pm  
Yep, it's in the Scrabble dictionary and I am a Scrabble junkie.
posted 16-Mar-2007 5:34pm  
Yes, cause I say swum all the time!
posted 29-Mar-2007 9:36pm  
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posted 29-Mar-2007 10:40pm  
I think the word you're looking for is "swimmed"
posted 7-May-2010 9:57pm  
Swum may be proper, but dove is a bird. It's dived.
(reply to Jody) posted 7-May-2010 9:59pm  
no, no, no, no, no. Dove's a bird.
(reply to mlnave) posted 10-May-2010 8:36am  
Actually Dove's a chocolate bar, but that's neither here nor there ;).
posted 5-May-2011 9:36am  
no no no no no dove is a soap!!!!!!!!!!!

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