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I am curious: is it proper usage of grammar to use these words together : Fairly quickly ex: We responded to the fire call fairly quickly.
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Luanne, who loves Yorkies, asks...
When is it correct to use "awoken," and when to use "awaken?"
Anne answers...
You use awoken in the various 'perfect' tenses; that is, the present perfect, the past perfect, and the future perfect.

You're probably going, "WHAT?" In an example, you say: I had awoken from a bad dream yesterday.

Awaken is a more passive verb, which means you can use it but your sentence will be less interesting. If you still wish to go there, then you use awaken in such sentences as: I was awakened by the thunder, I had been awakened by the alarm.
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