Assume that it is impossible to rephrase. I am inclined to believe drunk is correct, but I need another opinion.

  • Any dictionary can tell you the past simple and past participle of "drink". Where have you searched?
    – Centaurus
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 1:27
  • This question is not simply about the past tense of drink, but rather what should be used in this very specific sentence. "I have drank the water" is clearly wrong.
    – user136086
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 1:28
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    A past participle must be used in the perfect tenses, the present perfect in this case.
    – Centaurus
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 1:30
  • I was just unsure whether "drunken" is completely unviable under any circumstances, or if it could ever be used.
    – user136086
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 1:34
  • Drink, drank, drunk; sink, sank, sunk; swim, swam, swum; sing, sang, sung; ring, rang, rung; etc.
    – Anonym
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 2:23

2 Answers 2


The past participle is "drunk". "Drunken" is an adjective, its use as the past participle is obsolete.


I have drunk the water, while my drunken father has drunk another beer.

Next time you may prefer to check out a dictionary to avoid people's angry comments.. :)


Though the origin of both words is the same, the usage is different.

drunk is the p.p. of drink, and you're right to use it in your example:

I have drunk the water

drunken is an adjective meaning that someone has drunk alcohol more than he can handle: (similar to another usage of drunk):

He's really drunk.

They are a bunch of drunken idiots.


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