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Do I need the wine first?

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Auntieflo Tue 09-Feb-21 10:27:35

This advert, for the well known wine distributor, was in our Radio Times yesterday.

Is it correct?
I would have said, " I have ever drunk",


" I have ever drank", but now am doubting myself.

Should I buy the wine, then have another think? thunk?

Baggs Tue 09-Feb-21 10:32:16

Someone got their tenses tangled up, possibly after drinking the wine.

- the best I ever drank
- the best I have ever drunk

Gwenisgreat1 Tue 09-Feb-21 10:33:57

I'll let you know when I have drunk it!!

Baggs Tue 09-Feb-21 10:34:06

Swan swam over the the sea;
Swim, swan, swim.
Swan swam back again;
Well swum, swan.

grandtanteJE65 Tue 09-Feb-21 12:55:10

You are correct and the advert wrong.

drank is the past tense and drunk the past participle, so the advert should either read " the best I ever drank" or "the best I have ever drunk".

Whoever wrote the advert obviously did not read it through before sending it to the printer.

Lillie Tue 09-Feb-21 14:19:44

Maybe as the wine is South African that's how they say it over there?!

Auntieflo Tue 09-Feb-21 14:37:33

Thank you all. I was beginning to doubt my own thinking.

On a whim, I emailed the company, and received a computer generated reply.

We notice that you did not buy wine on your visit, or words to that effect.

So I replied to that one, by saying, " did you read my email?

I now await their response to that one.

You can tell I have nothing more exacting with which to fill my day. 😀

Nonogran Tue 09-Feb-21 14:39:31

The proof reader, prior to printing, should have picked up the error but if the proof reader doesn't have a good grasp of tenses, that doesn't help either.

timetogo2016 Tue 09-Feb-21 14:43:19

After reading some of these i think my dh has been spiking my tea with wine lol.

Farmor15 Tue 09-Feb-21 19:25:07

Ad is wrong! My mother spotted an ad in the paper once for Cidona, I think. It featured a girl and a sewing machine, but the photo had been printed in reverse, so it looked like a left handed sewing machine, which doesn't exist. My mother wrote, pointing out the error and got some free bottles of Cidona for her trouble! Modern companies don't take customer comments seriously any more.

Elegran Tue 09-Feb-21 19:53:04

FarmorA lefthanded sewing machine would have been a better invention, as you could then have turned the handle with your left hand and done the more fiddly adjustments and guiding with the right. I once heard that the reason sewing machines were the way round they are is because the wife of the original inventor was left-handed, so it was designed for her to use her more nimble left hand for the guiding and her right hand for the handle.

Auntieflo Wed 10-Feb-21 09:52:55

I have had a reply from L.........'s, and they say that the advert represents reviews by customers. Hmmm.
I didn't think that it represented them in a particularly good light. Never mind.
But, hey ho, I may even try the wine on offer.

Farmor15 Wed 10-Feb-21 12:17:34

Elegran - sounds like a good idea!

Callistemon Wed 10-Feb-21 12:22:36

I just tried a bottle then another to find out and I feel a bit drank

Fennel Wed 10-Feb-21 18:17:48

No wonder some people give up on english grammar - the rules are nonexistent!
Like us english.
Apologies to scots welsh and irish.