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Monday, January 23, 2006
Grammatical Ponderings
Why is the past tense of ship shipped, yet the past tense of worship is worshiped? Does this make sense to anyone else?

it is? that is so messed up!!!

"but i'm not the type
to visit houses of wor-shipe'  

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The past tense of deposit is deposited, but shouldn't it be depositted, or better yet, deposat?  

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hmmmm, I'll have to think on that one, Neo. It's the inconsistency that bugs me. Grrrrr  

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Maybe someone shipped something, and saying shipped ship just didn't sound right, specially since the package was being shipped on a ship. So one day this person put their foot down and said "It's shipped", since the package was on a ship, and that's how the word shipped came to be, I think.  

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I thought the rule was if it ends in a v(owel)-c(onsonant) combo, then you repeat the consonant to form the past tense..
v-v or c-c, you just add "ed" to make it a past tense. c-v - "ed", or simply "d" if the "e" is already (unless the past tense is another word i.e. ride/rode, swim/swum), if ending in a "y", lose the "y", end in "ied"

asked
petted
worried
exploded
shooed
passed

and so on.

Thus endeth the English lesson  

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What about kidnaped?  

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Kidnapped  

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