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Pesky past tense causes more trouble
[9 Dec 2012] The (London) Daily Mail, a paper that preaches the virtue of children learning traditional grammar, keeps having its own little troubles with the past tenses of irregular verbs.
- The paper writes: ‘Later, when we rung the number we had been given for Mr Dorries’s mobile phone, the person who answered hung up.’
- About a singer who was born in New Zealand, the paper writes: ‘Miss Kerslake, who lives with England captain Chris Robshaw in Kingston, Surrey, sung the New Zealand anthem before the game...’.
But just as the verb ‘ring’ goes ‘I ring, I rang, I have/had rung’, so ‘sing’ goes ‘I sing, I sang, I have/had sung’.
Ah well, at least the paper got it right with ‘hung’.