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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #115022: To See - To Saw - To Sew - To Sow
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    To See - To Saw - To Sew - To Sow

     Some verbs look really alike and we can even say that they sound very much alike.You have to know them to be able to imagine the right context, and not make too many mistakes. 

      I. TO SEE, I SAW, SEEN= to view with the eyes. 


    Even beginners know and use this usual verb of involontary perception. 

    It's a transitive verb (I cannot see him, where is he hidden?) It's an irregular verb too. Its different forms  are often quite problematic for students. 

    As you've just noticed in the preceding sentence, to see is often preceded by the modal auxiliary "can/could", which MUST NOT be expressed in French in translations. 

    ·          - Stop gesticulating! I can see you!




    1.     II) TO SEW, SEWED, SEWN: to attach by stiches

       Irregular transitive verb:  


        - Last year, Mom sewed my Halloween costume, but this year, she has sewn my young sister's.




          III) TO SOW, I SOWED, SOWN: to scatter seeds to grow plants. 

        - The seeds have already been sown, but I'm afraid they were washed away by the disastrous rains. There will be no crop this summer.




         IV) TO SAW, I SAWED, SAWN [:pgb]: = to cut with a metal blade. 

       - Before Christmas, thousands of little fir trees were sawn to be displayed in people's living rooms. 




       The English expression is: "He's shooting themselves in the feet".


    The test is very easy very long, but you mustn't think quickly in order not to mix up everything. It would be wise to stop halfway through it and pause a few seconds to gather your emotions...

    Go for it...   

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    Leo's operated on!

    1.Dad, I Leo, my plush pacifier, for hours... I wonder where it is.

    2. It's alright, Lucy. I think Mummy' s its arm back. Leo has a good surgeon and will be fit soon!

    3. Oh dear... When I was with Granddad radishes, I hadn't the fork and Leo's arm got torn off. When the radishes were , poor Leo looked like a rag.

    4. On that same day, I a little wood myself and nearly got cut! Granddad scolded me.

    Well, he was right! Your mom couldn't have your fingers back if you had them off!

    5. 'Well Dad, do you think Leo's operation is over? I hope Mom has it well and that it won't have lasting scars! Oh ! Look at it, Dad, I can a big bandage on him.'

    'It's to remind you that are dangerous for children!' 'Dad, when I'm older I want to be a surgeon... though limbs back isn't really attracting me.
    When I my Leo before the operation, and when I it now as if it were new, I love this profession already and I love you, Mom!
    Oh my Leo!' (a huge hug!)





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