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I don't imagine there is much debate about whether or not the past tense of TEXT is TEXTED - when written. It's how the past tense of TEXT is pronounced.
One school of thought compares TEXTED with the past tense of verbs which end in X such as FAXED. That could make TEXTED one syllable.
The other compares TEXTED with the past tense of verbs which end in T such as COASTED. That could make TEXTED two syllables.
Since TEXTED combines X and T, that really opens it up for confusion.
Toe may toe, toe mah toe ;p
January 24, 2012, 11:57pm
Matt, you are correct that in "Karen is the taller of her and Lin", her is the object of the preposition "of".
However, it is not the same for "Tom is taller than me". "Than" is not a preposition so the objective case "me" is not used. If you were to extend the thought of the sentence - it would read "Tom is taller than me am tall". "Tom is taller than I" is the correct way to say it ("Tom is taller than I am tall") - even if we're not used to hearing it that way.
April 3, 2011, 8:12pm
Chris, you are right. Text DOES end in "t" and your examples are good.
MY pronounciation of texted is to give it a one syllable sound by emphasizing the "d" at the end - making it tex/d/. The "x" sound is a strong one and, I was comparing it to similar words which contain it: vex, fax, max, hex, flex, ... Those are words which keep the one syllable sound.
March 28, 2011, 6:45pm
Yes, it's because of the preposition "of". The object of the preposition has to be the objective case "her".
However, “Karen is the taller of her and Lin”, could be changed to "Karen is taller than she and Lin". Then the nominative "she" is used.
Digging WAY back into what little I remember from school! :)
March 27, 2011, 2:53am
Yes, it's because of the preposition "of". The object of the preposition has to be the objective case "her". "She" is nominative, I believe.
Digging WAY back into what I remember from school! :)
March 27, 2011, 2:46am
There shouldn't be a question of whether or not it's text or texted for past tense. It clearly needs to be written as texted. The only question, to me, is how it's pronounced. I say text for present tense; text'd for past. I can't think of other similar words which would change from a one syllable sound for the present to a two syllable sound for the past. Should texted become an awkward two syllable word or remain a word syllable word as text'd?
March 26, 2011, 12:15pm
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