I am not a native English speaker, and I learn from people.

I often hear people say “I have come to a place where there is no end…”.
I am wondering, isn't the right way to say it: “I have came” (I know that sounds awful, I am asking what's proper)?


The past participle of the verb to come is come, so you should say “I have come to a place where…”. came is the past tense (or preterite), so you would say “I came to a place where…”.


"I have come to a place where[…]" is correct, as I have come is the Present Perfect tense. Came is used in sentences like "I came to visit you", where the used tense is the Simple Past.

When to use the Present Perfect, and when to use the Simple Past, is then a different topic.

  • Thanks. Can you please provide a link to that different topic? Also, what about "GO" "I has gone to the shadows" etc. – Shimmy Weitzhandler Feb 23 '11 at 0:12
  • With go, the present perfect is I have gone, and the simple past is I went. – kiamlaluno Feb 23 '11 at 19:52

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