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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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21Yes
14No
9I don't know


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Amanda
posted 7-Mar-2007 11:30am  
According to Merriam Webster it's a word, but not one I'd use.
icurok
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).
romkey Survey Central Gold Subscriber
posted 7-Mar-2007 12:07pm  
Are you starting to doubt that you really found it in the dictionary?
Jody
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.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
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."
labjog
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?
autumnlight
posted 7-Mar-2007 1:02pm  
I would say swam.
mandy
posted 7-Mar-2007 1:46pm  
Sure, why not.
bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 7-Mar-2007 1:47pm  
I guess so, but I refuse to use it.
cloudhugger Survey Central Gold Subscriber
posted 7-Mar-2007 2:06pm  
Yes,
I would never hesitate to use this word in a sentance," After all of us have swum, we will than have snacks."
gambler Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 7-Mar-2007 2:24pm  
Its "swam" isnt it?.,.......... never heard of swum
judgescratch
posted 7-Mar-2007 2:26pm  
I'd use swam instead.
gambler Bronze Star Survey Creator
(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"
mve17
posted 7-Mar-2007 2:32pm  
Swum swum swum swum swum swum.. wierd..
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
(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.
ausfox
posted 7-Mar-2007 3:22pm  
No, shouldn't it be 'swam'
Enigma
posted 7-Mar-2007 3:37pm  
You mean like "she swum the English Channel"? No, "she swam the English Channel".
Zang
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.
llamamama
posted 7-Mar-2007 5:43pm  
I dunno...Isn't swam?
filiasan
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.
Kristal_Rose
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.
LJD Survey Qualifier
posted 7-Mar-2007 11:28pm  
Yes
RGirl
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..........
blondie20
posted 8-Mar-2007 12:49am  
Yes
cabinfever
posted 8-Mar-2007 2:10am  
According to Dictionary.com it is, but it's sure an awkward sounding word.... like it shouldn't be one.
docgbrown
posted 8-Mar-2007 2:51am  
Yes, it is the past participle of swim.
Wackadoo
posted 8-Mar-2007 3:40pm  
According to dictionary.com, it's a word. But I don't recall ever using this past tense verb before. It just sounds odd.
cloudhugger Survey Central Gold Subscriber
(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"
cloudhugger Survey Central Gold Subscriber
(reply to Kristal_Rose) posted 9-Mar-2007 12:46pm  
You beat me to it!
cloudhugger Survey Central Gold Subscriber
(reply to RGirl) posted 9-Mar-2007 12:48pm  
Your avatar is sooo gay  * laughing out loud *
RGirl
(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.
Maarten
posted 9-Mar-2007 7:15pm  
Yes, that's what I've learned in school: to swim-swam-swum.
they Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 12-Mar-2007 7:45am  
no, it is not.
kitti723
posted 14-Mar-2007 5:11pm  
Yep, it's in the Scrabble dictionary and I am a Scrabble junkie.
CCsHottieMami
posted 16-Mar-2007 5:34pm  
Yes, cause I say swum all the time!
Bulwinke336
posted 29-Mar-2007 9:36pm  
yea
LindaH Silver Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 29-Mar-2007 10:40pm  
I think the word you're looking for is "swimmed"
mlnave
posted 7-May-2010 9:57pm  
Swum may be proper, but dove is a bird. It's dived.
mlnave
(reply to Jody) posted 7-May-2010 9:59pm  
no, no, no, no, no. Dove's a bird.
Jody
(reply to mlnave) posted 10-May-2010 8:36am  
Actually Dove's a chocolate bar, but that's neither here nor there ;).
shabby12
posted 5-May-2011 9:36am  
no no no no no dove is a soap!!!!!!!!!!!
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