Would you use the word "swum" these days? I mean, grammatically, it is the past participle of the verb "to swim", but it seems to me that no one uses it anymore. If it's the case, how would You describe the fact that You have already performed an act of swimming today? With "swum" it would be like this: "I've already swum today"
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I would see that word for swim race or competition:
as opposed to the more common
(you generally "go swimming", not just "swim")
A quick, unscientific survey of Google and Google NGram suggests:
Are there any trained linguistics willing to weigh in on the matter?
The difference, not directly pointed out thus far, is that swam stands on its own. Swum needs a helping verb such as have. It is a difference in the KIND of past tense. Popularity is not, in the short run, a measure of correctness. Over time, language, being a fluid thing may change its rules
My English degree can speak for itself. When using the past tense of "to swim" one would say I swam in his pool the other day. Or, I recently swum in a lake. Written, swum. Spoken, swam. Either works but one sounds better.
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