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alot of people in my family always say petted but i tell them its pet....sorry for the english typing errors
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AnonymousPetted is a word, but it sounds ridiculous. Stick with pet.
A fine anonymous view!

Petted is fine, if you want to use it. "Our dog loves to be petted and tickled behind the ears"
It's completely acceptable in BrE - and, you know, we're traditionally thought of as being mad about our pets, so it's used a lot!
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Hi, I'm very conflicted about the 'pet' vs 'petted' controversy and i think it must have something to do with the qualifiers used before or after the verb.
For instance, i recently petted the cat sounds more correct than i recently pet the cat, whereas i just pet the cat sounds more correct than i just petted the cat. Also i think it must have something to do with time elapsed, because you could say: Yesterday, I took out the garbage, petted the cat and fed the goldfish. The sentence would trip over itself if you used 'pet' in context with the other past tense words...

just my 2 cents
DB
I can find no dictionary, AmE or BrE, that lists 'pet' as a past form of the verb. I have no doubt that some regions have developed its use as analogous to 'let', 'bet', 'set' and 'wet', but it is not yet acceptable for formal use.
Please don't say "My cat likes to be pet." It sounds ridiculous. All the dictionaries I've referred to (including the OED) favor "petted."
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Hi Anonymous,

Petted is a word, but it sounds ridiculous. Stick with pet.
It sounds normal where I live, in Canada. Where do you live?

Clive
And in any case, no matter where you live, if you keep saying it 'petted', you'll get used to it, and it will sound just perfect.

CJ
As odd as it may seem, I heard the word 'petted' actually used verbally for the first time today! I live in the Northeastern US, and I'd only ever really heard 'pet.' Despite any grammatical evidence proving otherwise, my ears favor the sound of 'pet' over 'petted,' which sounds strange and backwards.

To me, 'petted' seems like something a child would say.
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To me, 'petted' seems like something a child would say.
It depends on the child.
I petted the cat may seem like childspeak to you, but what rings truer to my ear is I throwed up on the cat. Emotion: smile

CJ
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