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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 decade ago

Is the past tense of the verb hang, hung or hanged?

If we are talking capital punishment, we say, 'the prisoner was hanged." But, in my job, we say, "the IV was hung." Just wondering?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The standard proper grammar has been that "hanged" is reserved for capital punishment, while "hung" and NOT "hanged" is correct in every other use of the word. However, language is a living, evolving thing and use of the word "hanged" to refer to capital punishment is falling out of favor. Possibly because it comes up a lot less than it did 100 years ago! So... people who want to use proper grammar are going to use the word "hanged," but more and more "hung" is going to become commonly acceptable in this case. It looks like the word "hanged" will drop from usage sometime this century, probably. Unless things like Saddam's sentence keep coming up in the news!

    Source(s): Linguistics and grammar classes back in college
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  • 4 years ago

    Past Tense Of Hang

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  • 4 years ago

    Hung Or Hanged

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  • 6 years ago

    In grade school, (k-8), in the 1950's, we were taught that the words were hang, hung, hanged. What happened to the language

    since then??

    Did you hang the pictures? Yes, I hung them all. He was found hung by a belt in the closet.

    Drag, drug, dragged. It seems that the language is re-written to please the journalist writing an article for the news. Can you drag that chair over here? The rider was drug behind his horse. He was dragged for a hundred feet.

    If they would go back to using the English language that was taught in the early years, we would not be in a quandry about the usage of words.

    just my opinion from an ol' timer.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It depends on context. If you are talking about people being killed by hanging, the past tense is "hanged." But if you are talking about inanimate objects the past is hung.

    Examples:

    The posse hanged the cattle rustler in the street.

    We hung our stockings for Santa to fill on Christmas Eve.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Ok, it all depends on the context.

    For example, if you were referring to meat, it was hung. If you're referring to a person (like gallows) the word is hanged.

    So to demonstrate...

    "The meat was hung in the back room."

    "The man was hanged for his crime."

    So it all depends on how you're using the word. If you're not sure, then the best bet would be to use the word "hung" becuase that's probably the context you're using. As far as I know, the word "hanged" is only used in reference to the punishment. Good luck with it!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Past tense of hang is hung.

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  • 1 decade ago

    for capital punishment, the proper past tense is "hanged"

    for anything else, like putting a picture on the wall, the proper past tense is "hung"

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    People are hanged. Everything else is hung. In some cases, well hung.

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  • M
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    1 decade ago

    Ok, it all depends on the context.

    For example, if you were referring to meat, it was hung. If you're referring to a person (like gallows) the word is hanged.

    So to demonstrate...

    "The meat was hung in the back room."

    "The man was hanged for his crime."

    So it all depends on how you're using the word. If you're not sure, then the best bet would be to use the word "hung" becuase that's probably the context you're using. As far as I know, the word "hanged" is only used in reference to the punishment. Good luck!

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