Why do I hear many Americans saying things like "I had ate all I could" or "I had went to the school earlier?" Anyone else notice this or am I being overly strict?

  • This is a non-standard dialect. Why are you asking? – GEdgar Sep 15 at 23:45
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    Yes misuse. Yes ignore. – user361733 Sep 16 at 0:03
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    That's the way it works in their dialect of English. This is spoken, not written. – John Lawler Sep 16 at 0:49

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