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I'm always hearing sentences like "this x has run its course" from native English speakers. However, from my understanding, it should rather be "this x has ran its course" as it's something that has happened in the past rather than in the present. I do agree that "run", in this sentence, sounds right, but grammatically, would that be the correct choice, too? If so, can anyone tell me why this is the case?

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"Has ran" is an incorrect present perfect form, because the past participle of the verb to run is run, not ran. Ran is the simple past tense.

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