“If you have ever whistled a tune, sang in the shower, tapped your toes to the radio, then you have experienced the power of music”.

Okay. Is that correct? It sounds wrong to me, but I’m asking those of you who are better at grammar. It seems to me that without the “have” the word “sang” would be correct, but with “have” I want to hear “sung”.

And yes, I am responding to something I just heard. I’m finally getting to watch Music From The Inside Out.

More later. I have to pay attention!

5 Comments

  1. “sang” is wrong. It should be “done sung.”

  2. Patricia Mitchell

    I done got it, Dan. Thanks. ;-)

  3. Hee hee … it should indeed be “sung,” but there’s also a missing conjunction which results in what sounds like a parallelism problem (but isn’t). Instead of this:

    “If you have ever whistled a tune, sang in the shower, tapped your toes to the radio, then you have experienced the power of music”.

    it should be this:

    “If you have ever whistled a tune, sung in the shower, OR tapped your toes to the radio, then you have experienced the power of music.” (Heh … I fixed the punctuation error there as well.)

    OK, I’m taking my English-nerd hat off and putting my music-nerd hat back on now. :)

  4. Patricia Mitchell

    Well, any punctuation errors are mine; I was just writing down what I heard and I’m not sure what punctuation would be in the script. But that “sang” sure bugged me. What I was tempted to write was an ellipses between the word Radio and the “then” because she paused there … but punctuation isn’t exactly my forte! I’ll bet you’ve noticed! ;-)

    Thanks, Nina!

    Isn’t it weird, though, that the documentary was put out with that error? (It’s also the third time that I’ve mentioned that error being made … twice in newspaper articles and now in this movie.)

  5. your ear was correct.  Because the sentance opens with “If you HAVE ever… blah blah blah” that puts the verb into present perfect tense.  The present perfect of sing is “have/has sung.”  Simple past is sang.  So you are correct in that “have sang” is jest plain wrong!  ;-p 

     

    man I feel like a grammar geek now.  (and I sure hope that I’m correct in the above reasoning)