I tried doing some research, but couldn't find the answer to my question. My question is simple. In the following sentence; "Everything can be drunk", should I use drank instead of drunk? As this is stating a possibility, I know that there might be special grammar rules applied to this, which is why the links I found are not good enough.

Thanks a lot for your help

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    "Drunk" would be better – user190075 Aug 9 '16 at 21:38
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    Very easy: irregular verbs: drink, drank, drunk; may be drunk. May be seen [see, saw, seen], etc. – Lambie Aug 9 '16 at 22:09

Drunk is the more common and standard form used as past participle of "to drink":

  • To drink something is to swallow a liquid. The past tense of drink is either drank or drunk, though the latter is used twice as often as the former.

  • A past participle is the adjective or adverb form of a verb. In this case, drunk is used exclusively with the verb have. Some will say that drank is not the past participle. However, it is listed in some dictionaries and used widely as such. If you are concerned about your audience, stick with have drunk and I drank.

(The Grammarist)

Usage note:

  • As with many verbs of the pattern sing, sang, sung and ring, rang, rung, there is some confusion about the forms for the past tense and past participle of drink. The historical reason for this confusion is that originally verbs of this class in Old English had a past-tense singular form in a but a past-tense plural form in u.

  • Generally the form in a has leveled out to become the standard past-tense form: We drank our coffee.However, the past-tense form in u, though considered nonstandard, occurs often in speech: We drunk our coffee. The standard and most frequent form of the past participle of drink in both speech and writing is drunk : Who has drunk all the milk?However, perhaps because of the association of drunk with intoxication, drank is widely used as a past participle in speech by educated persons and must be considered an alternate standard form: The tourists had drank their fill of the scenery.


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