[DWJ] Re: Gotten, was Re: DWJ on Bujold
irina at valdyas.org
Wed May 14 17:36:29 EDT 2008
On Wednesday 14 May 2008, Hendon, Alison wrote:
> In re strange past tenses - I have really started noticing people saying
> "shined" where I learned to say "shone". What is the past tense of
I tend to say "The sun shone brightly" but "I shined my shoes" (not "I shone
> And another pet peeve - using "gift" as a verb, instead of the perfectly
> good "give."
There, too, I feel a subtle difference but I can't put it into words.
Possibly "gift" as a verb has more of a feeling of "bestow"-- rather more
formal and irrevocable than mere "give".
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