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Post by Archived Topic » Sun Dec 05, 2004 1:15 pm

What have you guys done to the past tense of the verb "to dive"?

"The dove dove from the sky," instead of "the dove dived from the sky"?

"I dive". I dived". Why "dove"?

Rob
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Post by Archived Reply » Sun Dec 05, 2004 1:29 pm

While "dived in the pool" and "dove in the pool" are now both considered correct, more interestingly, "drived the car" is not correct.

Verbs come in 3 main classes in English - strong, weak, and irregular. Strong verbs form their past tense by changing the vowel, e.g. drive/drove, sink/sank, run/ran. Weak verbs change the ending, usually adding -ed, dive/dived, walk/walked. Irregular verbs do a bit of both, buy/bought, seek/sought.

Dive seems to have been generalized into both a strong and a weak verb which m-w.com suggests is due to its similarity to drive.
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Post by Archived Reply » Sun Dec 05, 2004 1:44 pm

Interesting...thanks!
Rob
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