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1.I came directly from Mumbai.2.It is nothing else than pride.3.My hand is paining.4.I have not set up my mind weather to go or not.5.It is time you give up drinking.6.He was being hung for murder.

asked Jan 14 '13 at 06:30 Athu_Blues New member

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1.I came directly from Mumbai. -this sentence is correct

2.It is nothing other than pride.

3.My hand hurts.

4.I have not made up my mind whether to go or not.

5.It is time you gave up drinking.

6.He was hung for murder.  

link answered Jan 14 '13 at 06:36 Shawn Mooney Expert

Can the answer for 5th question be.It is time for you to give up drinking.

Athu_BluesJan 14 '13 at 07:19

Hi, yes 'It is time for you to give up drinking' is also a correct sentence.

Shawn MooneyJan 14 '13 at 07:38

Oh yes, and I should have mentioned that 'hanged' is also correct instead of 'hung' for sentence #6. 'Hanged' is old-fashioned but correct; 'hung' is more commonly used these days and is also correct.

Shawn MooneyJan 14 '13 at 07:39

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No hard feelings here, either. :). My comment about the style guides is simply that I wouldn't expect someone, a student of ESL or a native-speaking university student, to have to consult them to resolve grammar issues. If a reputable dictionary isn't good enough, or if reputable dictionaries disagree, then the grammar point is probably only important to grammar geeks like us. :). I would, however, be interested in which style guides you recommend the most, Tolley'.

link answered Jan 15 '13 at 01:42 Shawn Mooney Expert

Personally, I am partial to the APA guide, but I have found myself teaching mostly from the MLA guide lately. Professionally, when I still write academically, I am requested to write under MLA because it is the most similar to New York Times and Chicago guides.

TolleyJan 15 '13 at 03:29

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The most crucial period for a parent is when the teenager must face the real world alone. Although, young people are capable to express their own opinion in this age, we notice that each of them react to that challenge by a different way. Making their revolution for independence not only refuses to follow rules which are not suitable to their temperament but also they can’t enforce their standards into their life as they do not know yet how to manage it.

link answered Jan 16 '13 at 07:36 CHRISTODOULEA VANA New member


Shawn MooneyJan 16 '13 at 14:09

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Hmm, I guess Tolley thinks he is more of an authority on these issues than


Usage note
Hang  has two forms for the past tense and past participle, hanged  and hung.  The historically older form hanged  is now used exclusively in the sense of causing or putting to death: He was sentenced to be hanged by the neck until dead.  In the sense of legal execution, hung  is also quite common and is standard in all types of speech and writing except in legal documents.


Or the Merriam-Webster dictionary?


For both transitive and intransitive senses 1b the past and past participle hung, as well as hanged, is standard. Hanged is most appropriate for official executions <he was to be hanged, cut down whilst still alive … and his bowels torn out — Louis Allen> but hung is also used <gave orders that she should be hung— Peter Quennell>. Hung is more appropriate for less formal hangings <by morning I'll be hung in effigy — Ronald Reagan>.

link answered Jan 14 '13 at 16:50 Shawn Mooney Expert

Try the style/usage guides. Most of them provide the same answers I did. The Webster editorial board has a long reputation of arguing for argument's sake instead of giving useful advice for usage. Disagree if you will.

TolleyJan 14 '13 at 18:23

By the way, the down vote was not from me.

TolleyJan 14 '13 at 18:32

Actually, Merriam-Webster is saying that hanged IS the "most appropriate" for executions. I'm not sure what a "less formal hanging" really is, though the example of being hung in effigy is closer to hanging a doll or a picture than hanging a person for murder, which seems to verify Tolley's answer..

Patty TJan 14 '13 at 18:42

While I don't think people who want to use good grammar should need to consult 'style/usage
guides', I concede the larger point: having looked up these words in several more online dictionaries this morning, it is indeed correct that an overwhelming number of them (Oxford, Random House, etc.) do strictly maintain the semantic difference between 'hung' and 'hanged'.

I was unlucky in that the two sources I consulted last night, as pasted in above, were outliers.

I have also done a Google corpora search and see that, while quite a few writers used 'hung' to describe executions, most used 'hanged'. Most convincing was the difference I found on Google News for
'Hussein was hung' (about 16,000 hits) compared to 'Hussein was hanged' (about 600,000 hits).

I would now tend to agree with this additional usage comment from Merriam Webster that it is better to use 'hanged' instead of 'hung' for executions:

•"Our evidence shows that hung for hanged is certainly not an error. Educated speakers and writers use it commonly and have for many years. . . . " Hanged is, however, more common than hung in writing. It is especially prevalent when an official execution is being described, but it is used in referring to other types of hanging as well. . . .

"The distinction between hanged and hung is not an especially useful one (although a few commentators claim otherwise). It is, however, a simple one and easy to remember. Therein lies its popularity. If you make a point of observing the distinction in your writing you will not thereby become a better writer, but you will spare yourself the annoyance of being corrected for having done something that is not wrong." (Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage, 1994)

Shawn MooneyJan 14 '13 at 23:42

Interesting, and heated, discussion here - for those interested, read the many comments appended to this entry:

Shawn MooneyJan 15 '13 at 00:15

No hard feelings or heat here. I'm pretty comfortable with what I know, and I consult with and edit for a number of publishers. No skin off my nose. I am a bit confused by your comment about style guides. Most publishers have a style manual that explains the stylistic differences that one publishing house may have opposing another. Basically, all manuals agree on most things, but APA does disagree with MLA which disagrees with NYT which disagrees with Turabian on different issues. I often consult style guides to make sure that I am following the guidelines of the company that is writing the check.

TolleyJan 15 '13 at 01:25

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