What Is The Past Tense Of Show?
There is something funny about this special verb. Although “show” belongs to the irregular verb group, show past tense remains similar to the regular form – showed.
The table below will illustrate several common forms of verb show.
|Third person singular||shows|
This irregular verb has only one syllable, so the way to pronounce it is extremely simple. According to the Cambridge dictionary, the transcription is /ʃəʊ/.
Here are the transcription of “show” according to IPA
|Form of word||Pronunciation|
With /ʃ/, open your mouth and round your lips. Then curve your tongue but don’t touch the upper jaw. Now release the flow of air through the gap you have made and done.
With /əʊ/, round your lips in a tense form. Then lower the jaw a bit and pull your tongue back.
Regarding the past tense, “show” ends with the vowel “w”, which belongs to the voiced sound group. So you will add the “d” sound at the end /ʃəʊd/.
About past participle for show – shown, you also add the “n” sound when finished. The pronunciation will be /ʃəʊn/.
Click the following video to check if you have pronounced it correctly:
Definition And How To Use Showed Or Shown
According to the Cambridge dictionary, this irregular verb gives many different meanings. Here are several common definitions:
- To make something visible
Ex: He drew this gorgeous work of art in just a flash, which showed his natural gift.
- To illustrate a specific type of measurement.
Ex: The last statistic showed the total revenue of that company within a year.
- To make something easy to understand
Ex: I showed you the right way to turn on this computer yesterday.
- To express opinions or emotions.
Ex: Teenagers usually showed more affection to parents when they were kids.
What Is The Difference Between Showed And Shown?
Obviously, “showed” is the past tense of show. Meanwhile, you could use either showed or shown for the past participle form.
Can You Use “have showed” In Present Perfect Tense?
No, you can’t. The correct present perfect tense verb of “show” is “have shown”.
What Are Synonyms And Antonyms Of Show?
- Verb: display, demonstrate, expose, declare, reveal, prove, counsel, lead, guide,
- Noun: demonstration, display, performance.
- Verb: hide, conceal, misrepresent, disprove?
Is Shown Past Tense Of Show?
No, you cannot use “shown” for the past tense verb show. This type of transition is mainly for the present perfect and past participle forms. For the past tense, you have to use only this verb transition – showed.
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