Recently I have noticed increasingly frequent mistakes in conjugating verbs like the example in the title. Actually, I have noticed the error with the verb “to sink” more often. I hear people whose other abilities I admire say things like, “The ship sunk,” instead of “The ship sank” or “The ship has sunk.”
As I learned English in the distant past, the proper conjugation for the present tense in first person is “I drink;”past tense is “I drank;” and past perfect tense is “I have drunk.” When you did something in the recent past, you use the past tense. When you have done something (and finished doing that thing) in the more distant past, you use the past perfect tense.
I would enjoy hearing a return to correct use of this and other verbs, such as “sing, sang, have sung” and “ring, rang, have rung.” Of course, since English is such a fascinating language, I also still want to hear “bring, brought, have brought.”