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Do You “Hang?” Have You “Hanged” of “Hung?”


As I write the title, I am reminded of the children’s song, even though it really has nothing to do with this post:

Do your ears hang low? Do they wobble to and fro?

Can you tie them in a knot? Can you tie them in a bow?

Can you toss/throw them over your shoulder

Like a continental/regimental soldier?

Do your ears hang low?

Every once in a while, I hear someone use the past tense of hang as hung. Even rarer do I hear someone use the past tense hanged.

So, when is which right to write?

You hang a picture, a criminal or yourself. Use the past tense hanged only for executions and suicides. Use hung for everything else.

My favorite online resource, Grammar Girl, explains why there are two past-tense forms.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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August 28, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , ,

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