'The Hindu,' an Indian daily, reports:

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitely casted his vote at Chimanbhai Patel Institute opposite Karnavati club.

Does the verb cast have a form as casted?


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The Oxford English Dictionary records casted as being used as the past tense of cast from the Middle English period to the sixteenth century. The latest citation showing its use is dated 1526. If it is making a comeback, I haven’t heard or seen it, but that may be because it is not widespread in contemporary British English. The British National Corpus has only one record for casted, and that is in the theatrical sense. The Corpus of Contemporary American English, on the other hand, has 24 records.

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    "Nick Clegg casted his vote in Sheffield yesterday" independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/…
    – Kris
    Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 10:56
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    @Kris. There you are then. But one swallow . . . Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 10:58
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    I had thought so, too. "Across the whole of Merseyside, just 12.7 per cent of the electorate casted a vote." sthelensreporter.co.uk/news/local/… "Overall 75, 74 percent of the votes casted were in favour, so you know, we've got something badly wrong in the Church of England that we can't actually deliver this after all this time." ibtimes.co.uk/faith-belief-videos/1736/…
    – Kris
    Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 11:04
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    Saying casted certainly sounds like an error to my ear. Even in compounds like to forecast, it doesn’t change: “Yesterday they forecast temperatures in the 70s by noon today.”
    – tchrist
    Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 12:47
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    @tchrist. The OED, without comment, gives both forecast and forecasted as the past tense and past participle. Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 13:04

"Does the verb cast have a form as casted?"

Yes. This may surprise you, but grammarist explains:

The verb cast is conventionally uninflected in the past tense and as a past participle. Casted is an old form—examples are easily found in texts from every century from the 14th to the present—but it has given way to cast in modern English. In current usage, however, casted is gaining ground, especially where cast means either (1) to assemble actors for a performance, or (2) to throw out bait and/or a lure on a fishing line. (Both these senses have extended metaphorical uses where casted is likewise used at least some of the time). Many people object to casted, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is catching on and not likely to go away soon.
The total votes casted in Uniontown on Tuesday were 1,431, which represented a turnout of 55 percent. [Associated Press via Real Clear Politics]
[emphasis mine]

And not to confuse with other 'genuine' casted:

  • Caste hereditary class of Hindu society v, adj. casted See also: Elizabeth Isichei
  • Cast Operator: () (programming) A type cast provides a method for explicit conversion of the type of an object in a specific situation. v. cast, casted
  • An orthopedic cast, body cast or surgical cast, is a shell, frequently made from plaster, encasing a limb v, adj. casted
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    Surely the third of your other 'genuine' examples involves the same word but one of the many different senses given for example at the AHDEL. I'd guess that the second also involves polysemy rather than homonymy. At eskimo.com/~scs/cclass/int/sx4bb.html is: The name of the operator comes from the term typecast... And typecast is acknowledged to be a compound. Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 9:44
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    It does become complicated when different polysemes of a verb conjugate differently (rather than have different options for all senses). Set in the sense of place (children) within a set (at school) always, in my experience, has setted as past tense. I should think only Gollum would use that form for a jelly. Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 9:54
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    Just pointing out that your first bulleted example involves a totally different word (casted). I have to move on quickly when I hear bidded - it's bad enough having to deal with yesterday, he bid on a Ming vase / bade his friends at college farewell. Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 9:58
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    @StoneyB You can say broadcasted? Really? I can’t.
    – tchrist
    Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 13:04
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    I used this answer to decide if I should name a variable casted
    – JacobIRR
    Commented Oct 29, 2019 at 17:50

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