How to Choose the Right Past TensePosted by June on November 28, 2016
LABELS: COPY EDITING, GRAMMAR, past participles, past tense
A reader wrote to me recently to say his wife claims to have heard TV newscasters use "drugged" as the past tense of "drag." He wanted to know whether I consider this a correct usage. To which I reply: It doesn't matter what I think. The answers are already at your fingertips.
Here's the column I wrote in reply explaining how to find past tense and past participle forms in your dictionary.
June Casagrande is a writer and journalist whose weekly grammar/humor column, “A Word, Please,” appears in community newspapers in California, Florida, and Texas. more
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