Do you use "sank" or "sunk" as the past tense of "sink"? I think that in BrE it is "sank" and in American English it is "sunk". Please let me know.
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...and I asked this question because my dictionaries say that sunk can be used as the past tense of sink.
Would native ears cringe if they heard something like this:
What sunk the boat?
Because of rough weather, the ship sank.
As a result of the tsunami, many of the boats in the harbor have sunk. (Or, WERE sunk.)
The rescuers were able to recover much of the cargo from the sunken ship.
robinsjoRemember the movie 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids?'. The title grated on me, but I don't recall a hue and cry over this grammatical faux pas.It's not a new phenomenon. Shrunk as a past tense form has been in American dictionaries for decades. Perhaps even longer, I don't know. That doesn't mean that every American uses it. People usually frown upon anything they are not used to and think is wrong. Those who have used shrunk in the past tense all their life find nothing strange about it.
AnonymousThe way I was taughtThe way I teach:
Group 1. i - a - u 
begin began begun
swim swam swum
sing sang sung
ring rang rung
drink drank drunk
Group 2. i - a - u OR i - u - u 
This is an intermediate group between 1 and 3. These verbs can belong to either group, depending on the speaker.
sink (sank) sunk
shrink (shrank) shrunk
stink (stank) stunk
spring (sprang) sprung
Group 3. i - u - u 
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