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Questions tagged [strong-verbs]

Questions about verbs that mark their past tense and past participle by changing their stem vowel (“ablaut”) instead of adding a dental suffix. Examples include swim/swam/swum, sing/sang/sung, see/saw/seen, sit/sat, bid/bade/bidden, hold/held, find/found, fight/fought, come/came, run/ran, get/got/gotten, think/thought, grow/grew/grown, freeze/froze/frozen, break/broke/broken, shake/shook/shaken, give/gave/given, ride/rode/ridden, and drive/drove/driven.

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Is “stang” so out of use it is widely considered an incorrect form of “stung”?

I have a sentence in a short story which wants to use 'stang' instead of 'stung'. Dictionaries that include 'stang' say it is 'obsolete'. Would you as a reader accept it? a shriek so fierce her ...
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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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How common are “arrove” and “arriven” (vs. “arrived”)?

So to start things off, I know that the proper past tense of the word arrive would be the word arrived. And that sounds fine for me if you are singularly referring to yourself, such as: I have ...
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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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Struck vs Stricken

Is struck or stricken correct in these sentences? The house was stricken / struck by lightning. The house had been stricken / struck by lightning. He was stricken / struck by grief, cancer, etc. ...
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What is the past tense form of s--t [closed]

Are shit, shat, and shitted all correct and fine to use as the past tense of shit? After a little bit of searching it seems that they are, with shat being Old English. Is any form more common in ...
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Regular vs. irregular verbs

I recall an English teacher explaining that verbs that change vowels during tense changes were called 'regular' and those that added '-ed' in the past tense were 'irregular'. This seemed counter-...
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Irregular verbs in English

The English language has a huge number of irregular verbs(~470). This is significantly more than other languages e.g. French (~130), German (~200) Irregular verbs make the English language ...
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Where did “snuck” come from?

Ages ago, I remember typing snuck into a word processor and being surprised to see it flagged as not a word. My current computer seems to be okay with it and my local dictionary has this in its ...
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Would you use the word “swum” these days?

Would you use the word "swum" these days? I mean, grammatically, it is the past participle of the verb "to swim", but it seems to me that no one uses it anymore. If it's the case, how would You ...
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Origin of different past tenses for verbs with the same endings?

Why do we have a situation where the past of "to blow" is "blew", but of "to glow" is "glowed"? And don't say "flew" if you mean "it flowed". The poem Lovers, by Phoebe Cary has many examples of these....