Seen vs. Saw

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"Seen" vs. "Saw" in the English Grammar

What Is Their Main Difference?

They are both past forms of the verb 'see'. However, 'saw' is the simple past tense, whereas, 'seen' is the past participle form of the verb.

Differences

'Saw' is the simple past form of the verb 'see', whereas, 'seen' is the past participle. Look at the examples below:

When I saw that movie, I was like: 'dude, I don't wanna live this life anymore.'

Have you even seen the show?

Similarities

They are both past forms of the verb 'see'. Check out the examples below:

Jolene saw her friend and waved at her.

I constantly feel like I've seen these people before, but I don't remember where.

Are They Interchangeable?

As it was clear above, they have different grammatical functions, so if we use them interchangeably, our sentence will be grammatically wrong. Compare:

✓ At first, I felt like he saw right through me.

X At first, I felt like he seen right through me.

As you can see, the grammatical structure of the sentence is wrong.

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