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Old October 5 2012, 06:20 PM   #31
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Irregular verbs are the bane of my existence.
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Old October 5 2012, 06:27 PM   #32
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I never bothered to learn them. I always pretended that my memory wasn't so good
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Old October 5 2012, 06:43 PM   #33
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The strive group are my favourite.

shrive, shrove, shriven

it sounds so medieval.
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Old October 5 2012, 06:44 PM   #34
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I usually pretend I learnt English from a drunken Ukrainian babushka. Which isn't too far from reality, actually.
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Old October 5 2012, 06:48 PM   #35
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I wrote an Honours paper on swa sceal man do as an underlying theme in Beowulf. It got me a first. The best thing about it is that English hasn't actually changed in 1500 years.
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Old October 5 2012, 07:17 PM   #36
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All of this analysis is giving me a nerdgasm. Thank you, peoples of this thread.
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Old October 5 2012, 07:46 PM   #37
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I can give you a linguistic analysis of your sentence ITL. That's borderline geek.
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Old October 5 2012, 07:49 PM   #38
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As long as it's not an F- I'll be happy.
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Old October 5 2012, 08:07 PM   #39
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Anyone can do it really[Norman]. One syllable[Greek] is usually[Norman] Old English (OE or Anglo Saxon). Other words can be guessed[Norman] at.
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Old October 5 2012, 08:24 PM   #40
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While I'm on the subject, I remember being infuriated when Honey, I Shrunk the Kids came out.
That was a funny movie. The sequel, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, stunk. I mean stank. Whatever.

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I usually pretend I learnt English from a drunken Ukrainian babushka.
The past tense "learnt" is very British. Americans say "learned."

But you knew that, right?
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Old October 5 2012, 10:08 PM   #41
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Ackshully the t and ed ending for a large group of words are equally acceptable. Like past and burnt and so on.
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Old October 5 2012, 11:13 PM   #42
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Well in the UK, you might use both depending on the situation

I Burnt my hand

The Forrest Burned

Same with words like metre and meter. In the UK the former is a unit of measurement whilst the later is a measuring device. Also Tyre and Tire, the former is something you put on your car whilst the latter is something that happens if you work out for a long time.
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Old October 5 2012, 11:26 PM   #43
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I usually pretend I learnt English from a drunken Ukrainian babushka.
The past tense "learnt" is very British. Americans say "learned."

But you knew that, right?
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Old October 6 2012, 03:03 AM   #44
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Ackshully the t and ed ending for a large group of words are equally acceptable. Like past and burnt and so on.
"Past" and "passed" have different meanings. "Passed" is the past tense of "pass."

Americans use "burnt" as a participle, but usually not as a verb tense. For example, we'll say "burnt toast," "burnt offerings" and so forth. But we seldom say "The man was badly burnt in the accident." For that, we say "burned."

And we cry over spilled (not "spilt") milk.
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Old October 6 2012, 04:39 AM   #45
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No 'we cry over spilt milk'
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