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What is the correct (grammatical) simple past and past participle form of the verb quit? Is it quit or quitted?

She quitted her job. (She has quitted her job.)

or

She quit her job. (She has quit her job.)

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American English or British English? –  David Schwartz Mar 8 '12 at 12:21
    
If it differs, both. –  Mehper C. Palavuzlar Mar 8 '12 at 13:10
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"Quitted" as that simple past for "quit" is very rare in the United States. –  David Schwartz Mar 8 '12 at 13:16
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I would use quit, as it is more readily understood by people. Dictionary.com indicates that both are plausible. Merriam Webster says the same.

Looking through Google books, quitted seems to be used synonymously with left, e.g.,

Plato quitted Athens, where he was adored as a god ...
I quitted Manchester, I quitted Mrs. ++++++++, I quitted ++++++++ hall ...
... you have not quitted the path of virtue ...

Although this usage seems to have declined markedly. This can be seen in a Google NGram, as found by FumbleFingers:

"had quitted" vs "had quit"

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I think this chart for "had quitted/had quit" shows clearly that quitted was the standard past tense until the mid-1900s. It seems to be one of those relatively rare cases where a regular verb changes to become "irregular". –  FumbleFingers Mar 8 '12 at 15:39
    
Very interesting! –  Mehper C. Palavuzlar Mar 10 '12 at 12:40
    
@Matt: I think you should replace your graph with the one FumbleFingers gave. The keywords you used may be misleading. The keyword "quit work" does not necessarily have to be simple past or past participle. It may be preceded by auxiliary verbs like will, would, may, can, could, must, etc. In that sense, your graph is misleading, but FumbleFingers' example provides us with a good insight. –  Mehper C. Palavuzlar Mar 10 '12 at 12:48
    
@MehperC.Palavuzlar Fair enough, consider it done. –  Matt Эллен Mar 10 '12 at 13:13
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The OED records both as alternatives for the past tense and the past participle.

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