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"The man was hung at dawn." "The man was hanged at dawn."
Are "hung" and "hanged" entirely interchangeable?
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No, they are not entirely interchangeable.
Hanged is the correct past participle of hang = execute.
Hung is the correct past participle of hang = suspend. It is increasingly used for hang = execute as well (possibly as an over-correction as hanged is odd), but where there are two words with distinct usages, it's a great pity to confuse them.
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