What's the past tense for cast away? Is it right to say 'I was cast away 3 months ago'?

I am a bit confused about this after reading this: Can "casted" be the past tense of "cast"?

  • What did you find when you looked up the verb "cast" in a dictionary? – herisson Nov 30 '15 at 5:14
  • english.stackexchange.com/questions/94565/… @sumelic – Sajeev C Nov 30 '15 at 5:15
  • thanks for the interesting link. Please include background info like that in your question; it helps people write a more useful answer. Does this mean that you are wondering if we would say "I was cast away" or "I was casted away?" – herisson Nov 30 '15 at 5:18
  • Yes. You hit the bull's eye. What's the right way to say it? @sumelic – Sajeev C Nov 30 '15 at 5:19
  • Note that "I was cast away 3 months ago" implies that you were lost on a deserted island or some such. – Hot Licks Nov 30 '15 at 7:25

Yes, you are correct. "Cast" is an irregular verb that is written and pronounced exactly the same in all tenses.

Here's a somewhat silly, yet very useful, article on irregular verbs, featuring a complete list of those:



Is it right to say 'I was cast away 3 months ago'?

It's grammatically okay ("cast" being fine in all the tenses), but logically it is not a very compelling sentence (unless you have recently returned to civilisation and you are describing what happened to you).

Also "3" should be "three" in most written forms.

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