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For context, pathfinding is a type of computer algorithm to find a path between two points.

I can see three likely answers to this question, and none of them feel great:

  1. Pathfinded (weird because the past tense of finding is found)
  2. Pathfound (sounds weird)
  3. Pathed (sounds most correct, but it leaves out the finding part of the word)
  • What's your sentence? I don't think any of these are really viable. – Steve Bennett Sep 1 '17 at 6:38
  • @SteveBennett The NPC <pathfinding past tense> its way to the target. – Unlocked Sep 1 '17 at 6:43
  • I'd use "found" in that particular sentence. – Steve Bennett Sep 1 '17 at 6:48
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    Pathfinding is a noun and has no tense. – John Lawler Sep 1 '17 at 7:18
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    Even if pathfind were a verb, I can't see that 'The NPC <pathfinding past tense> its way to the target.' would make sense. 'Found its way' is adequate. – Edwin Ashworth Sep 1 '17 at 8:58
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There is no past tense as "pathfinding" is a noun, not a verb. (Reference: dictionary.com.)

You need to use a verb form to express past tense: "A path was found between the two points."

  • Welcome to ELU. We like answers to be authoritative, which means they need to be backed up by something. In this case a dictionary reference is good support, so I've added it for you. – AndyT Sep 1 '17 at 10:37

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