Is "Swum" a Word?
I'm frequently asked a variation of this question from Vivian M.: I know that "swam" is the past tense of "swim." Is there such a word as "swum"? It sounds peculiar but I think it's correct, though I never hear anyone using it. "Swum" is a word; it's the past participle of "swim." You use it when writing in certain tenses. A trick to help you remember when to use "swum" is that past participles always come after a helping verb such as "have" or "had."
· I have swum. (present perfect tense)
· I had swum. (past perfect tense)
· I will have swum. (future perfect tense)