Questions about past participle forms of verbs.

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Why is the phrase “should have went” so widely used?

Rarely do we hear "should have gone" in common speech. Some background: My father immigrated to the US in the late 60s. He learned English first overseas, British English. Then he studied extensively ...
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“Inputted” or “input”

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 ...
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How to use “text” as a verb

–verb (used without object) Digital Technology. 15. to send a text message: Texting while driving is an accident asking to happen. Can I use: I text to her but she didn't text me back. ...
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“Experimentally determined” vs. “determined experimentally”

Which of the following sentences is correct? The numbers are experimentally determined. The numbers are determined experimentally. Are both (not) correct and if only one of them is ...
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Using -ed vs. -ing in the “needs washed” construction

I'm from Central Pennsylvania, and apparently, we have a strange language construct in this area. I was recently talking about how "my car needs washed" to a friend from NJ, and she told me that my ...
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What's the difference in meaning between “I never would have thought…” and “I never have thought…”?

With the sentence,'I never would have thought that he would behave like that', does the meaning change if I omit 'would'?
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Obama's use of “bemused”

I generally see the definition of "bemused" to be synonymous with "confused" or "puzzled", and that it is wrong to use it as a synonym of "amused". However I tend to see it used — as Obama did ...
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What we've gelost — why doesn't English use the prefix “ge-”?

The Germanic languages that I'm familiar with all use a prefix similar to ge- on past participles: German: Ich habe mir den Fuß gebrochen. Dutch: Ik heb mijn voet gebroken. But English ...
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Is “put” imperative in this sentence?

In a writing exercise I sent to my English teacher, she wrote some comments evaluating my writing. Some comments were about what I did, and others were about what I should do. In the sentences about ...
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What's the right spelling of “synchronized”?

What's the right spelling of synchronized (like in synchronized swimming), and are there any differences between the British and American English?
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Are the verbs that are conjugated to end in “-n” in the past related?

There are many words that in English are conjugated in the past tense to end in "-n": grow goes to grown, sew goes to sewn, throw goes to thrown, etc.. I'm guessing it was probably the regular ...
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“Show,” “shown,” and “showed”

I need advice on the best use of the verb show. When do you use showed? I find myself substituting has shown, even when I meant to use the preterit in my sentence. I prefer "she has shown" over "she ...
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Which is more correct: “burgled” or “burglarized”?

Which is more correct: We were burgled yesterday. or We were burglarized yesterday. I'm from the U.K. and never use burglarized but my friend from the U.S.A. seems to think it's OK.
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What is the grammatical difference behind “is interesting” and “is interested”?

I am a native English speaker, yet I cannot explain to a non-native speaker why I say: I am interested in history. as well as History is interesting to me. Why is it "is interesting" when ...
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What is more appropriate — “hanged” or “hung”?

Say that you are using some software, and it hangs. In this case, what should I say: ... when we execute this command, software X gets hanged [or simply hangs]. ... when we execute this ...
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A word for the job a cashier does for each customer

A cashier in a grocery store has __ 80 customers today. Expedited? Served? Handled? I have a feeling there's a better word.
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“Passed” vs “past”: Usage in an error message

I wrote code to detect a problem where live video playout of a file had moved beyond the end of the clip on disk. The clip itself may be growing due to an ongoing recording or a transfer of the file ...
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What does the term “86'd” relate to?

What does it mean when someone or something is referred to as being "86'd"?
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Word for “left alone and to die”?

Is there a word that means "left alone and to die"? Edit: I believe there is such a word. I think I'm looking for abandoned and alone. Others expectations are that you'll die.
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Why are the present and the past participles of “submit” spelled with double t?

Why are the present and the past participles of submit spelled with two t's?
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What is the difference between “conquered” and “won”?

What is the difference between "conquered" and "won"?
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“when I clicked on video file nothing has happened”

when I clicked on video file nothing has happened. Is that correct?
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Is “misconfigured” a word?

I use the word "misconfigured" all the time, but MS Word, Chrome, and the two dictionaries I checked don't list it as a word. I'm going to keep using it instead of "configured incorrectly" because I ...
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“Situated” vs. “located”

I found the following example in my vocabulary: The town is situated on a plateau high up among the mountains of the north. Can I replace situated with located for the example above? What's the ...
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Would you use the word “swum” these days?

Would you use the word "swum" these days? I mean, grammatically, it is the past participle of the verb "to swim", but it seems to me that no one uses it anymore. If it's the case, how would You ...
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“Spelt” vs. “spelled”

In the following sentence, should I say spelled or spelt: You spelt/spelled "Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis" wrong.
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Das Keyboard Refurbished Professional Model S: What does “Refurbished” mean?

Everything is in the question, so I copy/paste: Das Keyboard Refurbished Professional Model S: what does "Refurbished" mean?
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“Focussed” or “focused”? The double consonant

Initially, my question was: is "focussed" or "focused" the correct past tense of "focus", but since this applies to a lot of words, I would like to generalize and ask: is there supposed to be a rule ...
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Why is “to get” sometimes used where “to be” could be used?

Why is "to get" sometimes used where "to be" could be used? Examples: "The video got uploaded to the web site." vs. "The video was uploaded to the web site." "He got thrown in the pool." vs. "He ...
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Why are clothes “hung” but men “hanged”?

It is said that clothes can be hung but men are hanged. Is this correct, and if so, why?
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“Don't got” — how common is it in American usage?

I often hear the usage "don't got" in American English as spoken on TV programmes. Recently I was watching season four of "Prison Break" and one character, an Asian computer wizard, repeatedly used ...