[Magdalen] A brighter note?

ME Michaud michaudme at gmail.com
Tue Jun 8 18:03:43 UTC 2021

A friend who teaches linguistics claims the strong verbs have been
disappearing from the English language, especially in the United States,
for many decades.

Give gave given
is much more difficult to learn and remember than
gift gifted gifted.

The one that surprises me is shine.
I learned
shine shone shone
but I often hear news broadcasters say shined.
-M, nuzzling her KJV with deep affection

On Tuesday, June 8, 2021, Christopher Hart <cervus51 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Gift, as a transitive verb, is in my 1974 edition of the Concise Oxford
> Dictionary. I occasionally find its usage awkward, but not incorrect.

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