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Going by your question, I think it's possible you've misinterpreted what Eliot was trying to say here. Your alternative would result in "Blessed is the man who has nothing to say" (let's ignore the other part of the sentence for now) which would imply that simply not having anything to say makes man blessed, which is not the point. "Having nothing to say" ...


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I'd suggest you phrase it more simply: we sent 4 packages today... The 'had outbound' formulation needlessly complicates matters - and sounds overly bureaucratic.


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The adjective outbound has already the form of a past participle. "Outbound" is a derivation from bind/bound/bound. We have the expression "the ship is bound for Rio" with the idea that the captain is bound to the order to head for Rio.


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The actual forms are to strive, strive(s), striving, strove, & striven. When strived is used instead of an authentic form of the word, it sometimes replaces the simple past strove and other times it replaces the past participle striven. If you are going to do this to irregular verbs like strive, then you will be saying "I have been bited by the dog", ...


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'I have always striven to reach my goals', is correct in my opinion. I have heard 'strived' used and think that is part of the trend to regularize all the verb endings in English, forgetting the origins of the language. That would make it much easier for non-English speakers to learn. 'have striven' is pluperfect tense, whereas 'strove' is past tense.


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This might not answer your question, but I think your problem arises from mixing past and present tense. So in this case, I would say: ... I always strive to achieve my goals...


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I think it depends where you live. In England and Canada we use the old past tense forms like "striven" and "lit" and so forth while in the US people use "strived" and "lighted".


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I'm almost 60 years old, read a lot and am well-educated. Until today, 1/21/16, I had never heard the usage 'I have striven.' I always said, read and heard 'I have strived, OR I strove.' I heard it in a radio ad today. I'm amazed to learn striven has primary usage, and for a much longer period of time (see chart on These Google Ngrams).



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