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Monday, February 27, 2012

Strike, Struck, Striked Out!

Now we approach (cautiously) the verb strike. What’s the past tense? Depends on the meaning. Strike can mean “a labor sit-down; a hit, as on a baseball”; or one of many other definitions you’ll find in a good dictionary. While dictionaries (the authoritarian word people) claim the past tense of strike is struck, there remains the question of that baseball.

If the verb and noun are strike, why wouldn’t the past tense of “to strike out” be striked out? Much the same spelling issue as when we look at the plural of mouse — “mice”, if they’re animals; and “mouses”, if they are connected to your computer. Think about it and agree? Or not?

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