Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Exactly what the title says, I was just wondering what the past and future tenses of the word "forgo" are and how they would be used in a sentence.

Example: "He chose to forgo his music career to focus on his education."

share|improve this question

closed as general reference by RegDwigнt Oct 10 '12 at 21:54

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

2  
en.wiktionary.org/wiki/forgo: "third-person singular simple present forgoes, present participle forgoing, simple past forwent, past participle forgone". Future tense, for those who like to call it thus, is left as an exercise to the reader. And in "He chose to forgo" that's an infinitive anyway, so it doesn't change. The main verb is choose. –  RegDwigнt Oct 10 '12 at 21:56
add comment

1 Answer 1

up vote 0 down vote accepted

The Compact Oxford English Dictionary suggests that it is conjugated like to go

verb (forgoes /-ˈgəʊz/, forgoing, forwent /-ˈwɛnt/; past participle forgone /-ˈgɒn/)

share|improve this answer
1  
Strictly speaking this is true, but "By choice, he forwent his music career to focus on his education." would probably be seen as somewhat "quirky" by many/most people (who wouldn't see anything at all odd if I'd used "gave up" there instead). –  FumbleFingers Oct 10 '12 at 23:21
    
@FumbleFingers Once, when I asked a waiter in rural Ireland if he had any local wine, he said, "Ah, we have it, but you don't want it." Just because it can be conjugated, doesn't mean it should be. I am forsworn to avoid forwent. –  bib Oct 11 '12 at 1:14
    
I was going to forbear from quoting OED, but Pa. tense -bore (-ˈbɔə(r)), pa. pple. -borne (-ˈbɔən). Forms: see for prefix1 and bear v.; in pa. tense also rarely 5 forbored, 6 -beared, (so it turns out I haven't forborne/forbored/forbeared at all! :) –  FumbleFingers Oct 11 '12 at 2:38
add comment

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.