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Spring/Sprang/Sprung

April 2015
Spot the Error

Tears immediately sprung to Candace’s eyes when she first saw her family after having been overseas for the past year.

Notice the helping verb: has sprung. Notice in the “overseas” sentence above … no helping verb. That’s a problem. If there’s no helping verb, the word needs to be in its simple past tense: sprang.

Spring — Sprang — has Sprung.

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