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I have used the word inputted in an assignment and am being forced to change it to input. However, both the Oxford English Dictionary (I am in New Zealand so this is most relevant) and MS Word list inputted as acceptable. Do others regard inputted as acceptable?

The scope of this project will be clearly defined in that it is to strictly provide positive movie recommendations to users who have inputted a sufficient amount of data.

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"Inputted" may be acceptable per Oxford, but it sets my teeth on edge; my ear wants "input" to follow the same rules as "put". I suspect I'm not the only one, which is probably why you're being forced to change it.

EDIT: This question/answer has been getting a bit of attention recently, so I'd like to clarify my comment below. There is a verb, putt, meaning "try to hit a golf ball into a hole by striking it gently so that it rolls across the green", which is often confused with put "to move or place". (The confusion is natural, since the golfing term comes from a Scots variant of "put" - but the two words are distinct, and pronounced differently.)

The past tense of put is put; the past tense of putt is putted. Since input is formed from "put" rather than "putt", it seems logical that its past tense should be input, rather than "inputted"; "inputted" sounds like a demented golfing term.

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@MTH Hang on!!! - isn't inputted basically the past tense? "My jobs is to input data. Yesterday, I inputted 100 items." If you say "Yesterday I input 100 items" that sounds totally weird ....... doesn't it?! Maybe my ear is going?? Help! –  Joe Blow Jun 21 '11 at 7:46
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@Joe Blow - I guess it depends on your ear... As I said, my ear wants "input" to follow the same rules as "put"; if I "putted" 100 items yesterday, they had better have been golf balls. –  MT_Head Jun 21 '11 at 7:49
    
@MTH So you would say "Yesterday I put 100 balls in a bag." I suppose you're right, thanks. That's the damn trouble with these new, computer-and-technology-related words - there's no rich backdrop feel. I've got a feeling there's some situations where you would need to use "inputted" - but I can't put my finger on it :-/ –  Joe Blow Jun 21 '11 at 7:52
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@Joe Blow - Don't get me wrong - OED, NOAD and OALD all accept "inputted", and I'm not saying that my ear outweighs their judgment. I'm just saying it sounds ugly, and if you have a choice between two correct words, why would you choose the ugly one? –  MT_Head Jun 21 '11 at 8:00
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Input has nothing to do with computer and technology. –  Phong Jul 16 '12 at 17:45

My NOAD lists input and inputted both as acceptable participles. Same goes for the OALD.

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I just put this into one of my java programs.. and it seems to fit well since they have already input the data.

// Shows user how many of each currency unit is in the amount they inputted

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don't you mean they have already "inputted" the data? –  user20080 Apr 13 '12 at 16:15
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You can’t have “putted” anything in, you know. There is no such word as putted, except insofar as concerns the game of golf. How currency came to be involved with putting, let alone how Java enters the picture, I have no idea, considering that I believe Sumatra fairly well dominates the sport. –  tchrist Nov 11 '12 at 12:06

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