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In which dialects is "knowed" the past tense of know?

In some folk songs, such as Woody Guthrie's "Hard Traveling" and Townes Van Zandt's "Poncho and Lefty," the word "knowed" is used as the past tense of "know." ...
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Why do we use two different verb forms for sentences like “that person is broke” versus “that person is broken”?

We usually use only a verb’s past participle when we need to make an adjective out of it, not its past tense—but not always. Sometimes we even use both forms but assign these two different meanings! ...
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Irregular Verbs with Compound Predicates

Are both of these sentences acceptable? We had manufactured it but gave it to someone else. We had manufactured it but given it to someone else. Is there a rule that says the past perfect must be ...
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Other than “to be”, what verbs in English change in the subjunctive past tense?

I recently found out that the reason we say ”if I were...” and not “if I was...” (though some argue both are correct) is because “to be” is irregular in the subjunctive past. Are there any other verbs ...
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Using Have word to ask question related to past

Please check below sentence Have you setup desktop software and mobile app? This type of question, where the event has already occurred in past, always makes me feel that the question is not ...
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Why did American English change certain past tense verb endings from ‑t to ‑ed but not others?

I always get “mad” (we don’t actually get upset with each other) at a friend of mine because he uses the UK versions for the past tense of verbs like spill or spell, saying spilt or spelt instead of ...
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If the past participle of "say" is "said", and "lay" is "laid", why the one of "stay" is not "staid"?

I know about the word "staid". Does the past participle of "stay" is "stayed" to avoid confusion with this word? Or the "staid" past participle existed at some time, but it was supplanted by "stayed",...
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Why is "builded" an archaic variant of built, given that usually the language evolves the other way?

In one of the Nature articles related to Google n-grams site [1], as well as in the book [2], the authors describe (and quantify the rate of) the process of regularization of English irregular verbs. ...
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The ambiguity of: "resent your message" [closed]

I am not a native English speaker. Thus I am not sure about the meaning of an email I received. Since the writer is important to me and I depend on his good will, I am afraid to ask him what he wanted ...
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Is someone "casted" or "cast" in a film role? [duplicate]

Can the word 'casted' be used in this headline? Michael Fassbender Casted In Upcoming "Kung Fury" movie
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Is a software loop “breaked” or “broken”?

In software development there are code loop constructions, which you can BREAK. foreach(i in integers) ... break If I break the cycle, it becomes broken or breaked? Which sentence is correct ...
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Using participial adjectives [closed]

Is this grammar just for regular verbs? Or we can use irregular verbs, too.
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Why does the past tense form of sleep have a weak suffix?

Meaning: to sleep is a strong verb in the Germanic languages. While I'm quite aware that strong vs weak anything has very little bearing on modern English, this is still something that puzzles me. ...
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Irregular verbs in English - why do so many end in D?

This might just be availability bias on my part, but it seems to me that if a verb ends is a "d" sound then it's a lot more likely to have an irregular past tense than an average verb picked out at ...
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Coherence on regular vs irregular verb spelling [closed]

I have been confused by this for quite some time. I have always used learnt as past forms of the verb learn. However, I have always used the regular spelling of the other verbs which follow the same ...
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Glided, Glid or Glode [closed]

Dictionaries say that the past tense of glide is glided. ‘a few gondolas glided past’ But in my dialect, I say glode and sometimes glid and most people I know also do but apparently glided is ...
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Does anyone really say "SAYS" rather than "SEZ"?

I've just heard Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, at 10:13 here (about a quarter of the way through Prime Minister's Questions, UK Parliament, Thurs 27 Oct) saying... Amnesty International SAYS, ...
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Which form to use when a verb has an irregular and an regular form? [closed]

This list of verbs given at English for students.com shows that some verbs, as to blend (blent/blended), to broadcast (broadcast/broadcasted), to bide (bode/bided),... have irregular and regular past ...
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The sun has shined/shone its shine? [duplicate]

I'm working on some lyrics here, and I'm not sure what would be correct/best: After the sun has shined its shine After the sun has shone its shine Google returns more results for the latter, ...
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A second past-form: "dig" / "digged" / "digged"

I've been digging through the Internet and I can't find any legit answers to this question, even in English dictionaries. Probably because this particular usage is rarely used in the past tense. ...
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the use of seeks and sought

I will like to know the various uses of seek and its past participle sought. for instance, is it right to say; It is advisable the secretary seeks clearance from her boss before issuing permit. OR ...
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How common is pronouncing the past tense of beat as /bet/?

Personally, I pronounce the past tense of "beat" (to win at a game) as /biːt/, to sound identical to the infinitive. However, I have heard a few people under the age of 30 and from either the west or ...
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How do you derive the adjectival form of an irregular verb such as "read"?

If I understand correctly, some adjectives can be derived from verbs. For example, an interested person is someone who is interested in me, and an interesting person is someone who is interesting to ...
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“I have come to” vs. “I have came to”

I am not a native English speaker, and I learn from people. I often hear people say “I have come to a place where there is no end…”. I am wondering, isn't the right way to say it: “I have came” (I ...
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