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Anonymous:my school's text book says the simple past and past participle forms of mend are ment ment
but some fellows say it's mended mended!
i am puzzled!
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Meant (pronounce ment) is the past of "mean".
Maybe your book has an error.
Anonymous:The past participle of the verb 'to mend' is most definitely 'mended' as in:
I mended my dress/shirt/bag/shoes/window etc. You can mend almost anything and almost anything
can be mended. Your text book is .ncorrect.
Anonymous:It comes from the old english tradition... from the the german tradition...
The technically correct simple past is ment, while the participle may be ment or mended. No one says ment anymore, so people just change it.
Consider the word "past"
it comes from "to pass" and once upon a time the pp and sp were "past". But now people say "passed" because it is more regular. However, the word "past" remains as a noun, and unfortunately no one makes the connection anymore.
This word, to mend, is similar.
Both "to pass" and "to mend" come from french, and route through middle english, which is why those archaic "rules" still apply.
Some other neat things
the past part. of "to put" was once "putten". weird, huh?
Anonymous:How can you mend a broken heart-song by Al Green
AnonymousThe technically correct simple past is mentIt isn't. The technically correct simple past is 'mended'.
Anonymous But now people say "passed" because it is more regular.People write 'passed'. 'Passed' and 'past' are pronounced in the same way.
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