Are they "corrupt" or "corrupted"? I feel they could be both.
What is the standard?
When it is said that "the files are corrupt", it isn't clear whether the files were corrupt from the time they were created, due to problems with data entry, ETC., or that the files became corrupt after a problem.
Saying that "the files are now corrupted" implies that there was a clean state for the files in the past, and that they need to be returned to the clean state for the software to work properly.
Either usage is fine. Just as you can have a politician that is corrupted and a politician that is corrupt, so you can have a file that is corrupted and a file that is corrupt. Both terms have established usage; it's a personal preference which you use.
I think files are generally corrupted. You could probably say corrupt, and everyone will get what you mean, but I'm pretty sure corrupted is correct.
Files are corrupted, sometimes by people who are corrupt.
I don't think inanimate objects can be corrupt, but they can be corrupted.
*cor·rupt (kə-rŭpt′) adj.
Marked by immorality and perversion; depraved.
Venal or dishonest: a corrupt mayor.
Containing errors or alterations, especially ones that prevent proper understanding or use: a corrupt translation; a corrupt computer file.
Archaic Tainted; putrid.
v. cor·rupt·ed, cor·rupt·ing, cor·rupts v.tr.
To ruin morally; pervert: "The argument that modern life consists of a menu of horrors by which we are corrupted ... is a founding idea of the critique of modernity" (Susan Sontag).
To destroy or subvert the honesty or integrity of, as by offering bribes: "Our politics has been corrupted by money and suffused with meanness" (Peter Edelman).
a. To cause to become rotten; spoil: "There was a strange smell in the room, high and slightly sweet, like perfume corrupted in the bottle" (Bella Bathurst).
b. Archaic To render impure; contaminate.
a. To alter from original or proper form: "Strangers named them the Chippewa, which was corrupted to Ojibway" (Paul Theroux).
b. Computers To damage (data) in a file or on a disk.*
depraved, abandoned, perverted, warped, degenerate, debased, demoralized, profligate, dishonoured, defiled, debauched, reprobate the corrupted, brutal Duvalier regime
contaminated, soiled, dirtied, infected, spoiled, stained, decayed, rotten, polluted, tainted, tarnished, sullied, defiled, adulterated, vitiated, putrefied The body's T cells kill cells corrupted by viruses.
distorted, altered The computer files had been corrupted during the upgrade.**
In common dictionary definitions, to be corrupt is a moral failure and/or involves actively doing something. Files are not the doers, but are done to.
Corrupted can mean a moral failure also, but it is also a condition after something was done or happened to what became corrupted. I think that is more applicable to objects and creations that are not self-directed.
I may not be technically correct regarding a definite rule (and I see that both are used for computer files), but I do think that when making a writing decision like this, the differentiation ensures a sentence that will be correct and won't be confusing or distracting for readers.
Are the files corrupt, meaning are they in that state now, present tense. Corrupted suggests the past tense. To finalise if you want to know the state of the files now I think "Are they corrupt" is probably more grammatically correct.Thats my opinion.
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