This sounds so inane but referencing the above: is it past tense: dragged, present tense: drag and future tense 'drag?'..a friend says 'I drug the stuff home' and they are saying that is the correct use..I KNOW it isn't but they need to say it in writing??????

I hear my husband use the following sentence: I left him do it...instead of I let him do it...he says the words mean the same thing...I think that isn't so...they are not the same. Has anyone else heard this before (besides people from Pittsburgh?)???

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A drug is a drug is a drug. Noun or verb. But nothing to do with dragging.

Your friend dragged the stuff home. He might have drugged himself after that.

They dragged it there yesterday....... Will you please drag it here now...... No, I will drag it there tomorrow...

All okay.

I left him to it.... Basically, this means I walked away and did not assist him. I let him do it.... I may have stayed in his presence but I did not assist him. God, I am so lazy.
Thanks for the clarification re: tenses ! As to using the sentence - I 'left' him go - this phrase is used by a family member who is certain it means the same as saying you allowed an action to take place (now I'm getting anal about this!!!)_PLEASE will someone else put it in writing as to the correct meaning of left and leave!!!!!! Thanks
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LEFT is the past and past participle of LEAVE

The sentence 'I left him go.' is incorrect. Your family member is incorrect in his assumption.

'I left him to it.' is what your family member should have said.

'I can't help you any more. I will leave you to it.'

'Why aren't you helping your son with his car?'

'He told me he knew what he was doing and did not want any help, so I left him to it.'

'Well, leave me alone. I don't need your help, either.'

'I've had this family. Tomorrow, I will pack my bags and leave.'


'Yes, I will leave tomorrow.'

'Will you be leaving before dinner tomorrow?'

'Yes, I will have left by then.'

[edit ] Verb


  1. (US) Simple past tense and past participle of drag .

    You look like someone drug you behind a horse for half a mile.

[edit ] Usage notes

In British English, this is incorrect; the correct past tense of drag is dragged .

Random House says that "drug" is "nonstandard" as the past tense of drag. Merriam-Webster once ruled that "drug" in this construction was "illiterate" but have since upgraded it to "dialect". The lexicographers of New World, American Heritage, and Oxford make no mention of this word.

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The past tense of drag is dragged. If you look up the word "drug" in the dictionary, it will refer to medication.
This is a common error. I just heard on the TV, president Bush used the word "drug" As the past tense of "drag". I had my elemetary education on Ohio. My middle and high school education was in Florida. I was an English teacher in Florida.

I understand how much this bothers you. I JUST WANT TO DRUG THOSE PEOPLE OUT TO THE SHED!
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Sometimes people need a drug, especially those designers.
HotWombat made me curious about the word drug so, i decided to look-up the word drug in dictionary.com. Here is what i found:

2 /drʌg/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[druhg] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–verb Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. Nonstandard.
a pt. and pp. of drag.

Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

(Taken from Dictionary.com 2008, http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/drug?o=0 )
So now we need a midlander or a southerner to edit the next edition of a big name dictionary to remove the "nonstandard" stigma from an otherwise perfectly good irregular past tense form.
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