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August 26, 2012
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Interesting. Do you say fax or faxed?
Well maybe not hundreds... Perhaps I was having a lucid moment :-)
However, that's another good point you raise regarding burn/burned and burn/burnt, though. Effectively, that has become a new verb.
But adding 'ed', making a weak verb, does sound the most appropriate way to bring it into the past tense.
But that's just English! Hehe
Agreed that hanged and hung are absolutely different in definition, but as a base verb both, ultimately, 'hang'. And it is just an example of how two verbs, at the fundamental level, are the same, but branch off in different directions through evolution.
Again, I am in agreement with the verb tenses, but I bet, if you really put you mind to it, you can find hundreds of way of saying 'I sent you a text'. ;-)
Your right, but never in the same context.
And so consequently, it is, effectively a new verb. I'm just interested to see how it evolves.
For example: hang/hanged hang/hung. Both similar verbs with similar meanings - but the operative word is similar, not the same.
Not that I disagree with you about the past tense being 'texted', it's just a thought. That's all!
Ultimately, the issue we all face is that 'text', as a verb, is a product of evolution, and was not a real word until the concept of 'texting' came about. We are also faced with the fact that English is a complex language with many hundreds of tenses and verbs, seemingly all with a different set of rules, but always with an elusive 'exception'.
There are rules to support every argument, but I think that ultimately every rule you throw at it is utterly pointless and it should be left to its creation, evolution. I, more often than not, here people saying 'texted', so I am left to conclude that 'texted' is the accepted verb.
But it is for the reasons I have mentioned that I love the English language. It is organic and always changing. We can weave thousands of different verbs and nouns together to create a single idea and yet, with all these variations, we still understand what we're talking about.
Just revised the poll on FB…
I've been reading, with great interest, and I've started a poll on Facebook to get a gist of the use of the word.
Have a vote: here's the link…
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