Is it "pleaded" or "pled"?

I see in the newspaper that they use the term "he pleaded guilty" rather than "he pled guilty." Is there not such a word as "pled?" Wouldn't that be grammatically correct?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Alas, here is where journalism gets into the occasional fracas with grammar. And I say that as a professional journalist myself. Grammatically, pled and pleaded mean the same thing. Yet 90% of journalistic publications use THE AP STYLE MANUAL to settle such disputes....and AP says they prefer "pleaded." Hence, most of the media say "pleaded."

  • 3 years ago

    Pleaded Or Pled

  • 1 decade ago

    The correct way that it is pronounced is " pleaded". This is the present tense. Pled is the past tense.

    Examples: Your Honor, my client pleaded not guilty to the charges. Mr. Reyes pled not guilty to the charges against him.

    I trust that this has shed some light on these words, or the use of them. Good luck.

  • 1 decade ago

    It depends on which side of the pond you are. In the UK it's "pleaded". In the USA it's "pled", although Anglo-American etymologies are constantly changing.

    Source(s): UK Technical Author
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i think its pled coz of"pled guilty to manslauhter" for example

  • Pleaded. Or you can say "plead" with the "short e" sound.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is either one of them. Just as you can say either "lighted" or "lit" when referring to something being on fire.

  • 1 decade ago

    It can be either.

  • either really

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    either/or

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