To wonder why 'to text' has no past tense?

(174 Posts)
alicetrefusis Fri 02-Aug-13 17:11:26


MrsRajeshKoothrappali Fri 02-Aug-13 17:12:13

Maybe we could invent one?


extracrunchy Fri 02-Aug-13 17:12:14



SantanaLopez Fri 02-Aug-13 17:12:40

Glaswegians tend to say text-eed.

I just use 'text' for present and past

GibberTheMonkey Fri 02-Aug-13 17:13:28

I use texted

extracrunchy Fri 02-Aug-13 17:13:28

I hate it when people say "I text him yesterday"!!
I sent him a text or if you say "I'll text you" there's no reason why you can't say "I texted you".

magimedi Fri 02-Aug-13 17:13:32

Surely it's texted.

As in: "I texted you earlier, did you get it?"

Wuldric Fri 02-Aug-13 17:13:41

The op knows very well that it does have a past tense but she is getting ragey about the fact that on MN people don't use it. It makes me want to bite my iPad as well, so I sympathise.

RustyHalo Fri 02-Aug-13 17:14:04

Texted or txd

coffeeinbed Fri 02-Aug-13 17:14:39

It does.
Just apply the normal rules.

Tee2072 Fri 02-Aug-13 17:14:41

Well I'm on MN and I say texted so it not true that people on MN don't use it, now is it?

Capitola Fri 02-Aug-13 17:14:47

I have said this on here before. If we're going to make text a verb, why don't people use a past tense?

I do. But then I'm one of those fuss pots that punctuates my texts.

youmeatsix Fri 02-Aug-13 17:15:18

i hate "texted" it doesnt sound right somehow, and as a Glaswegian i have never ever heard "text-eed" never used it nor know anyone who has confused

crumpet Fri 02-Aug-13 17:15:21

Yes, it's texted.

I judge those who don't use the past tense.

The one that drives me even more loopy than, 'He text me' is, 'She sent me an invite.' It makes me want to hurt people.

EvieanneVolvic Fri 02-Aug-13 17:15:26

<whispers> It doesn't have a present tense either Alice as it's not really a verb.

But okay, accepting that language has to grow and adapt and there could be a verb to text then the past tense is texted.

Drives me round the fucking bend when people say an hour ago I text DH

I guess the rationale is that it sounds like it already is in the past tense but for that to be true the verb would have to be 'to tex'

Thanks you so much for providing me with the perfect excuse to rant about this!

And breathe.....

FannyMcNally Fri 02-Aug-13 17:15:43

I suppose because it was only a noun until recently. Texted will probably find it's way into the dictionary soon, if it hasn't done so already.

alicetrefusis Fri 02-Aug-13 17:15:50

Thanks Wuldric. But it's not just on MN!

I hear it everywhere, I tell you, everywhere!

<takes bite out of ancient laptop>

EvieanneVolvic Fri 02-Aug-13 17:16:32

When I wrote my post at 17.15 there was only the OP here. Seems I am not alone....

EvieanneVolvic Fri 02-Aug-13 17:17:49

Correct Remus. As you and I both know it should be 'invitation'


lougle Fri 02-Aug-13 17:18:05

"I sent you/her/him a text" covers it.

It's because it's a noun that's become a verb.

Bowlersarm Fri 02-Aug-13 17:18:40

Am confused. Are we saying it should be 'texted'? Or are we saying it shouldn't be 'texted?'

squoosh Fri 02-Aug-13 17:18:46

Of course texted is right, everyone I know uses it.

A friend of mine says 'slep' for the past tense of 'to sleep'. Drives me bloody potty.

Drives me crazy too OP! I've seen it being used recently by well-educated friends and have been forced to correct them!

FloozeyLoozey Fri 02-Aug-13 17:19:11

I say "texted".

Bowlersarm Fri 02-Aug-13 17:19:18

.....ah, but invite is a much better word. Sort of, punchier?

alicetrefusis Fri 02-Aug-13 17:19:44

Hi EvieAnne...slightly horrified actually that I have accepted 'to text' as a verb at some impure, subconscious level...

<hoiks bosom>

And how about 'I was sat'

Eh? eh?

Invite is a verb. It is an action word and that is why it may be punchier. But one does not send or receive an invite - one invites.

EvieanneVolvic Fri 02-Aug-13 17:20:38

Sort of, punchier?

you're probably right Bowler because that's just what it makes me want to do!

Ok so just me that just says 'text' then? grin

EvieanneVolvic Fri 02-Aug-13 17:23:28

And how about 'I was sat'

Well that's abhorrent too, of course, but I sort of have a soft spot for that because Hylda Baker (the Miranda of the 60s) always used to say 'he were sat sitting there...' in a totally comical way <dodges a few more coffins on the way out>

SarahNoDuck Fri 02-Aug-13 17:24:21


And might I offer up the other punch-worthy trend of using "draw" to mean "drawer". angry

I also absolutely hate it when the pupils at school write, 'I was sitting there' in their stories. Sitting where, fgs?

Bowlersarm Fri 02-Aug-13 17:25:32

But language should be fluid. Adaptable.

You don't just want to be stuck in the same old rut do you?

Otherwise we'd still be saying 'ye olde shoppe, young sire' (that is pronounced oldie and shoppie, by the way)

squoosh Fri 02-Aug-13 17:26:52

Yes, if rigid languages are your thing take up Latin or ancient Greek.

Language should be fluid, yes - but blatant inaccuracy doesn't fluidity make. It just makes people look daft.

SarahNoDuck Fri 02-Aug-13 17:28:37

There's fluid and there is plain annoying. grin

EvieanneVolvic Fri 02-Aug-13 17:28:53

Yes, if rigid languages are your thing take up Latin or ancient Greek.

They are and I did!

But there is a subtle difference between language between language being adapted and evolving, and its being vandalised!

Ugh. TextED obviously.

Pet hate of mine, right up there with "should of, would of, could of".

Bowlersarm apparently it was spelled "ye" but pronounced "the", the y being an obsolete shortand way of writing the phomene "th".

So The Oldeee Shoppeee. grin

valiumredhead Fri 02-Aug-13 17:29:39

Normal rules, it's texted.

LadyMilfordHaven Fri 02-Aug-13 17:29:40

er its texted

EvieanneVolvic Fri 02-Aug-13 17:29:47

Oh shit! One too many 'between languages' in there. There's vandalism!

NadiaWadia Fri 02-Aug-13 17:29:47

Saying(eg) 'I text her last night', as many people do, just sounds weird as if there is something missing.

Bowlersarm Fri 02-Aug-13 17:29:57

As more and more people use those words, the 'daft' will become the majority.

It's texted.

It does make my teeth itch though, as does any noun appropriated as a verb. (See 'gifting', 'scrapbooking', etc).

Wuldric Fri 02-Aug-13 17:30:19

The 'stationary bits' thread is also giving me rage.

LadyMilfordHaven Fri 02-Aug-13 17:31:35

i think we should have a vote whereby MN can edit misspelled thread titles

almapudden Fri 02-Aug-13 17:32:08

Yes the 'y' is an Anglo-Saxon letter called thorn, I think. It makes the soft 'th' sound: this rather than think.

Stationery is so easy to remember too - E = envelope. Sorted.

Just because the majority do something, doesn't make it right.

FairPhyllis Fri 02-Aug-13 17:32:36

OP I think you need to accept that forming verbs from nouns is just a normal and super productive process of language change for English.

What else would you say other than 'texted'? That you 'text messaged' someone? Oh but wait, 'message' is verb formed from a noun too ...

Bowlersarm Fri 02-Aug-13 17:32:58

It's all so personal though. I am guilty of 'invite' , - I just like the word, it's sort of friendly-but agree with 'should of' - yuk.

I say invite too.

God, I am feral

LadyMilfordHaven Fri 02-Aug-13 17:42:06

an "invite" is a bit B1 B2 tbh wink

ilovesooty Fri 02-Aug-13 17:42:15


B1? B2?

LadyMilfordHaven Fri 02-Aug-13 17:43:29

the same kind of person who would wear polyester a lot, think workwear means you have to dress like a stripper ( yes you The Apprentice) and use the word " yourselves" a lot

" is this for "yourselves"?" when they just mean YOU

Bowlersarm Fri 02-Aug-13 17:44:01

Wot? Not A1 or A2?

ilovesooty Fri 02-Aug-13 17:44:16

I have a friend who talks about laying on the sofa. It sets my teeth on edge.

ChunkyPickle Fri 02-Aug-13 17:44:19

Well, it's texted.. but can I suggest the quicker to type, and more easily pronounced SMSed

I sent her an SMS, I SMSed her etc.

LadyMilfordHaven Fri 02-Aug-13 17:44:24

christ no C1 C2

Long time since i have wound people up used them on mumsnet ;)

LadyMilfordHaven Fri 02-Aug-13 17:44:46

Oh THAT kind of B1! smile

Blimey. I am UMC - who knew?

alicetrefusis Fri 02-Aug-13 17:45:43


I think you've missed my point.


LadyMilfordHaven Fri 02-Aug-13 17:47:09

yes only someone who failed English literature would make such a schoolgirl error tbh.

IF however, she were a prefect or similar she would be ok.

LadyMilfordHaven Fri 02-Aug-13 17:57:30

Or myself. ANy overuse of the word self.


IloveJudgeJudy Fri 02-Aug-13 17:57:41

But it might be a strong verb, like read - past tense - read. (I know it's pronounced differently.) It could also be like learn and add the "t", but as it's already got a "t" at the end, you don't say it?

DC say "text". DD says verb "to text" doesn't have a time limit!

Agree with PP who says that language has to change and be fluid.

Euphemia Fri 02-Aug-13 17:59:33

People are wrong who think the past tense of to text is text. Fact.

I think the confusion comes from people thinking the verb goes like:

To pack
I packed

Where the past tense is sounded out like this: /p a k t/

as opposed to

To fart
I farted

Which sounds out as /f ar t i d/

The second example has an /i/ inserted to make the past suffix clear i.e. it's "fart" plus "ed". (Not /f ar t d/, where the /t/ and /d/ would not be clearly articulated.)

People saying "I text" are making it sound like the present tense is "tex" rather than "text". The former would be "texed" in the past tense, pronounced /t e ks t/. Which is what WRONG people say.

That's obviously wrong, it should be "texted".

So there.

Capitola Fri 02-Aug-13 18:01:28

Yy, 'self' misuse is a barometer of extreme fuckwittery.

alicetrefusis Fri 02-Aug-13 18:02:22

Lady Milford grin

How vair vair right you are.

<proffers dish of exquisite organic fair trade olives, correctly spelled and pronounced, harvested at dawn by vair grateful A2 elves>

LadyMilfordHaven Fri 02-Aug-13 18:04:15

dont get me started on the mispro of compact wrt compact discs

say compact ( as in a flat)

then say it the same way but shove disc on the end


alicetrefusis Fri 02-Aug-13 18:06:58

Anyway, back to the subject. Euphemia I think you're on to something there.

What about 'I was sat'?

Euphemia Fri 02-Aug-13 18:19:19

"I was sat" doesn't seem to crop up in Scottish dialects.

One DD refuses to believe me about is the verb to jump and its past tense not being jamp. angry

Alwaysreadingonthetrain Fri 02-Aug-13 18:23:52

Jeremy Vine always says texted on Radio 2.

When dd2 was little, dd1 asked her why she had done something or other, and dd2's reply was, 'Because I hasted to.' Seemed v logical!

JamieandtheMagicTorch Fri 02-Aug-13 18:32:05

It's texted


<pointed look>

cq Fri 02-Aug-13 18:38:29

I totally agree - it's texted.

Hilarious that there's 4 pages to this thread already - clearly a lot of judgey pedants on MN grin

I do count myself among you, BTW.

doobeedee Fri 02-Aug-13 18:40:09

Who decided "texted" is correct anyway? People keep saying follow the normal rules but who decided to text was a regular verb? Why can't it be "I text him yesterday"? It might be an irregular verb. We don't know yet as it's a new one.

IloveJudgeJudy Fri 02-Aug-13 18:44:41

Completely agree, doobeedee. No-one else seems to have considered this.

Alwaysreadingonthetrain Fri 02-Aug-13 18:45:17

Did anyone notice when William and Kate came out of the hospital with the baby, William said to the media, 'I know how long you've all been sat out here?'

JamieandtheMagicTorch Fri 02-Aug-13 18:47:45


yes, that is my mums so-called argument. She is wrong.

LadyMilfordHaven Fri 02-Aug-13 18:52:59

"i text him yesterday" sounds like you are about to offer a full head of highlights


doobeedee Fri 02-Aug-13 18:55:20

Why is she wrong Jamie?

Why do people even care?

GW297 Fri 02-Aug-13 18:59:36

It's texted (pronounced text.)

maddening Fri 02-Aug-13 19:00:08

I will text you/ I will send you a text

I am texting you/ I am sending you a text

I have texted you/ I have sent you a text

Euphemia Fri 02-Aug-13 19:00:23

Is it bollocks, GW. angry

LadyMilfordHaven Fri 02-Aug-13 19:00:41

its mumsnet - people care about everything - even the amount of eggs in an omelette

Really? I think there should be two eggs - am I wrong?

I saw the omelette thread!

I dont even eat them so I cant comment grin

GW297 Fri 02-Aug-13 19:13:27

When I needed to know for the book I am trying (and failing) to write, I researched this very issue. I had assumed it would be 'I text' but I think 'I texted' is more commonly used by the broadsheets etc. I can't remember where I heard it is pronounced as 'text' but I think most people I encounter say text-ed.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Fri 02-Aug-13 19:40:01


Sorry to sound rude to you.

She is wrong because she also calls her car a Ford "Kay Ay" (thus completely missing the pun on KA=car). Also says "Lidls" not Lidl, Westfields (not Westfield) and other Essexisms grin

I have noticed that people on Jeremy Kyle often say " got a textis"

LadyMilfordHaven Fri 02-Aug-13 19:41:07

got a textis? like sepsis?

JamieandtheMagicTorch Fri 02-Aug-13 19:44:42

Yes, there's no rhyme or reason to why they pronounce it like that. JK is filmed in Norfolk (I think), so maybe it's a Norfolk thing.

Will try and find a link.

Not that I watch JK or anything

JamieandtheMagicTorch Fri 02-Aug-13 19:48:19

This is funny

sorry to hijack

LadyMilfordHaven Fri 02-Aug-13 19:53:00

we need shoppingbagsundereyes - she is east angular

GreyGardens Fri 02-Aug-13 19:53:56

'I text him' is appalling.
One of my friends always writes 'please rsvp' on invitations. I love her but this makes me want to cry sad

JamieandtheMagicTorch Fri 02-Aug-13 19:55:59
ZingWidge Fri 02-Aug-13 20:00:43

I use texted.

I thought everyone did...

doobeedee Fri 02-Aug-13 20:02:55

Not rude at all Jamie. Was just wondering why you were right and she was wrong without giving a reason.

LilacPeony Fri 02-Aug-13 20:04:50

Maybe we could make the verb "To tex" and the past tense. "I texed."

MalcolmTuckersMum Fri 02-Aug-13 20:16:02

I find it so odd when people say 'Why do you even care' with reference to grammar and spelling. Why would you NOT care. And if you truly don't care (and it's obvious that you don't but your continued use of the wrong spelling/grammar) then why do you bother to spell anything correctly. Why not just write a string of gobbledegook?

MalcolmTuckersMum Fri 02-Aug-13 20:17:06

but = by

Type. Different to spelling error before I get jumped on!

MalcolmTuckersMum Fri 02-Aug-13 20:17:22

Oh Christ on a bendy bus. TYPO!!!!

valiumredhead Fri 02-Aug-13 20:19:58

I'd quit while you're aheadwink

MalcolmTuckersMum Fri 02-Aug-13 20:20:29



squoosh Fri 02-Aug-13 20:20:48

Has anyone read Kingsley Amis' The King's English? Now he was the pedant to end all pedants. Apparently he'd become so enraged if one of his children made a grammatical faux pas that he'd ignore them for a full day.

valiumredhead Fri 02-Aug-13 20:23:38

Squoosh my dad is like that, my sister and I took to rolling our eyes and telling him to gently fuck offgrin

watchingout Fri 02-Aug-13 20:24:08

Along the same lines ie said by the same annoying colleague I will forwards you the email"

watchingout Fri 02-Aug-13 20:25:34

Also "I have forwards the email to you" angryangry

IloveJudgeJudy Fri 02-Aug-13 20:27:25

Jamie Ford themselves call it a Kay Ay to stop people saying car/Ka and getting all confused.

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Fri 02-Aug-13 20:28:00

"Language should be fluid, yes - but blatant inaccuracy doesn't fluidity make. It just makes people look daft."

I love RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie. ALOT!! grin

valiumredhead Fri 02-Aug-13 20:28:28

Forwards the email? Who on earth says that??shock

Why, thank you. I love you too. smile

Euphemia - we have "jamp" all the time here too. I have decided it is not incorrect but is a regional variation hmm

FoodieToo Fri 02-Aug-13 20:41:04

Those of you saying 'texted' is correct seem to be assuming that the only way to make a word past tense is to add ' ed'.
This is not the case.

And because 'text' is a noun adapted by common usage to become a verb then it is hard to see how rules apply.

I believe ' I texted' sounds wrong. I actually e mailed my old English lecturer from college who told me that ' I text' is probably correct.

Well neither is correct really .' I sent a text' is correct.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Fri 02-Aug-13 21:00:54


See? That's because Fords (sic) are from Essex too.... wink

You don't hear it that much over here but "aks" instead of "ask" (a peculiarly North American thing I think) makes me stabby too.

I axed him if he was my baby daddy.

Double ugh.

But I can and do accept that languages, especially English, are fluid and need to change.

"Steven Pinker estimates that up to a fifth of English verbs are derived from nouns--including such ancient verbs as rain, snow, and thunder along with more recent converts like oil, pressure, referee, bottle, debut, audition, highlight, diagnose, critique, email, and mastermind. "In fact," Pinker reminds us, "easy conversion of nouns to verbs has been part of English grammar for centuries; it is one of the processes that make English English."

Texted is still right though. Another new-ish verb, fax --> faxed. I rest my case.

GibberTheMonkey Fri 02-Aug-13 21:36:05

I disagree.
I think 'I texted your last night' sounds better than 'I text you last night'. Nothing to do with assuming it's the only way to do it.

IloveJudgeJudy Fri 02-Aug-13 21:36:18

But fax does not end in a "t" already (or the sound of --ed). So, sorry, you can't rest your case smile.

IloveJudgeJudy Fri 02-Aug-13 21:37:18

See, I disagree with Gibber that texted sounds better. Text sounds better to 100% in this household.

FairPhyllis Fri 02-Aug-13 21:38:03

foodie An '-ed' suffix is the regular way of forming the past in English though. When new verbs are coined in a language with a regular past they almost always (I'm saying 'almost' but actually I can't think of any counterexamples off the top of my head) use whatever is the regular past formation process for the language.

It would be weird if by some sort of speaker consensus 'text' acquired an irregular past. 'I toxt last night' perhaps.

See 'I googled' 'I hoovered' etc.

It's not really a case of 'languages need to change'. They just do.

ShowOfHands Fri 02-Aug-13 21:41:19

Textis isn't a Norfolk thing. Never even heard it before (I live in Norfolk and I don't watch JK). It's filmed in Manchester according to google.

GibberTheMonkey Fri 02-Aug-13 21:44:00

I'm the same SoH. I've never heard it here either.
I have heard some terrible grammar though and I'm no expert.

level3at6months Fri 02-Aug-13 21:45:11

If it's not texted as a regular verb in the past tense, how could the present form 'I am texting' be correct? Or is there a whole new level of grammatical horror of which I'm not aware?

TheRealFellatio Fri 02-Aug-13 21:48:02

I say texted. People who use text as both the present and the past tense get an old-fashioned look from me. (although I accept that as we use read for both present tense and past tense it may be permissablr but I still don't like it - it sounds daft.)

And as for people who say texties for the pural of text - well..there are no words...

FairPhyllis Fri 02-Aug-13 21:58:40

I think what is happening when people say 'I text you last night' (I haven't ever heard this myself though) is phonological rather than morphological - the final syllable of 'texted' is being dropped or assimilated because it's an unstressed syllable. So people fully intend to use the regular past form but it happens to sound like the present because of sound processes in English. It is probably subtly different to the present if you could do an acoustic analysis of it.

In fact I am certain that this will be a sound thing rather than an irregular/absent past because 1) people just don't on the whole use irregular pasts for neologisms and 2) past tense is not optional for English speakers; whereas changes to unstressed final syllables are very common processes of language change.

Or of course all these many people running around using 'text' could be Latinists and are imitating the Latin vivid past ...

Bowlersarm Fri 02-Aug-13 22:21:39

FairPhyllis I would say 'when I sent you the text last night'...

JamieandtheMagicTorch Fri 02-Aug-13 22:31:39


That's really interesting. I agree.

TheRealFellatio Fri 02-Aug-13 22:33:00

Good God Jamie the black woman (number 4 I think?) is the only one who even looks fully human out of that lot. shock

JamieandtheMagicTorch Fri 02-Aug-13 22:34:12

It's a shocker, isn't it?

The comments are what made me laugh, and the programme titles

Euphemia Fri 02-Aug-13 22:39:06

Really interesting theory, FairPhyllis - I'll be listening more closely to people from now on. grin

Text is an odd word as well in that there don't seem to be any other verbs that end in "xt" in the present tense. There are archaic forms like "mixt", but no similar words. Perhaps people find the sequence /ks t i d/ clumsy, or as you say assimilate the sounds because of the unstressed syllable.


They're still wrong though.


bellablot Fri 02-Aug-13 22:50:35

How about - 'I sent him a text message' or such like. Text is a noun not a verb, therefore doesn't have a past tense. Texted is just wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong.

ZingWidge Fri 02-Aug-13 22:54:50

course it can be a verb!

" stop talking to me, I'm texting Lucy"

see, done. It's a verb

I also say: "I'm going to Ebay some clothes" - so Ebay is used as a verb.

bellablot Fri 02-Aug-13 23:01:51

But surely it would be 'I'm going to sell some shite on eBay' not 'eBay some shite'?

ZingWidge Fri 02-Aug-13 23:03:53

yap. I Ebay stuff. quicker to say or write and everyone knows what I mean

FoodieToo Fri 02-Aug-13 23:05:54

All very interesting!
But I could not say ' I texted'. Offends my natural understanding of grammar. It sounds wrong to me.

FairPhyllis Fri 02-Aug-13 23:06:33

Yeah I think it's a combination of the unstressed final syllable and that particular consonant cluster at the end of 'text'. If the vowel in the final syllable gets reduced to schwa or perhaps deleted altogether (which is common in final unstressed syllables), then you end up with a /kstd/ sequence which isn't permissible in English as it's too many consonant sounds together.

You'd have to hear it in context to know it was a sound change and not a vivid past stylistic thing though - you'd want to hear the speaker using other pasts in proximity to it to rule that out.

It might be influenced by a sound analogy with other past forms too, because /ksd/ is a common sequence at the end of a whole bunch of past forms (like 'mixed', hexed' etc).

ZingWidge Fri 02-Aug-13 23:18:23

foodie just consider it as an irregular verb!grin

FairPhyllis Fri 02-Aug-13 23:22:17

foodie I bet you didn't like everyone saying 'medaled' at the Olympics either grin

ZingWidge Fri 02-Aug-13 23:46:42

was "tweet" used as a verb before Twitter?
genuine question.
I'm not English and just don't remember ever hearing anyone saying "a bird tweeted".

squoosh Fri 02-Aug-13 23:48:49

Oh birds have always 'tweeted'!

HoikyPoiky Fri 02-Aug-13 23:51:29

The climbers summited the mountain angry Please tell me that's not right either.

FairPhyllis Fri 02-Aug-13 23:53:45

Yes. The OED has it as a verb (in the bird sound sense) from 1851 on. But it was a noun before that! And before that it was an onomatopoeic word for bird noise used in a quotative way (from 1550 onwards).

ZingWidge Sat 03-Aug-13 01:14:20

thanks for that Fair

I knew about "tweet-tweet" to imitate bird sound (from song also).

another one that surprised me when watching Friends was Phoebe doing the fake posh thing at Mike's parents' house and asking "where does everyone summer?"

until that episode I'd never heard that expression, but then I realised that in Hungarian we say exactly that! ( not in a posh way though, no-one there is posh anymore! grin but we say "where did you summer?" etc)

HeavenlyYoni Sat 03-Aug-13 01:43:44

I say texted. Irritates me when I see text used

mathanxiety Sat 03-Aug-13 01:50:48

I use texted. I also say Euros. Euro used as a plural and text used as a past tense just don't sound right to me.

mathanxiety Sat 03-Aug-13 01:51:41

French birds say cui cui.

mathanxiety Sat 03-Aug-13 01:53:09

Read is pronounced differently depending on whether present or past tense is in operation.

ZingWidge Sat 03-Aug-13 02:17:35

Hungarian birds say csip-csip!

FairPhyllis Sat 03-Aug-13 02:57:41

I bet you all er, ... one biscuit ... that when people are using it in the past sense they are actually using a past suffix and saying /teksd/, not /tekst/ and you just aren't picking up on the contrast.

JessieMcJessie Sat 03-Aug-13 04:57:06

Fair Phyllis, I love that Mumsnet is a place where the phrase "reduced to schwa" can come up in MB discussion.

To the Glaswegian who said they had never heard "text-eed", listen harder- most Glaswegians pronounce the "ed" bit of the past tense in all regular verbs which in RP would be "id" as "eed". "Handeed, brandeed, shouteed, grouteed". So I wonder if Scots are less prone to the linguistic contraction described by FP and therefore less likely to use "text" as a past tense?

One the "invite" theme, "electric" as in "how much do you pay for your electric?" gives me the rage.

FoodieToo Sat 03-Aug-13 12:00:24

To me ' I texted' sounds as incorrect as 'I rided my bike' ...

LadyMilfordHaven Sat 03-Aug-13 12:02:32

"have you texted her"

sounds normal to me

Mammagaga Sat 03-Aug-13 14:12:02

Is it actually a verb then?!

IloveJudgeJudy Sat 03-Aug-13 14:42:10

math do you always say, eg, "3 Euros 20" and "3 pounds 20"? It's just that that sounds a bit strange to me. I thought when you were using money, the main money bit (ie not the cents/pence, etc) would be said without the "s".

JessieMcJessie Sat 03-Aug-13 15:12:31

Eh? "Three pounds twenty" is absolutely correct. "Three pound twenty" is market trader speak, possibly regional variation at a push, but wrong.

resipsa Sat 03-Aug-13 15:37:14

I would never use "texted" or "I was sat" or "of" when intending "ve". I am in a minority and others think I'm weird. Why is that?

resipsa Sat 03-Aug-13 15:38:42

And no one understands my "you should never use a preposition to end a sentence with" joke. Maybe I am weird...

squoosh Sat 03-Aug-13 15:41:35

I do say 'texted' but would absolutely never say 'I was sat'.

resipsa Sat 03-Aug-13 15:41:39

And whoever said "amount of eggs" earlier should be ashamed. It should be "number of". I think that I need to go outside.

SoupDragon Sat 03-Aug-13 15:46:19

Surely the past tense is sent a text

Euphemia Sat 03-Aug-13 15:52:28

It depends whether you accept to text as a verb, Soup.

Euphemia Sat 03-Aug-13 15:53:09

resipsa That is nonsense up with which I will not put. wink

imademarion Sat 03-Aug-13 15:57:52

It should be a noun 'I sent a text'

If you must use it as a verb, conjugate it traditionally
I text you daily
I will text you to tomorrow
I texted you yesterday

Not difficult and you don't annoy me.

LessMissAbs Sat 03-Aug-13 16:02:34

The difficulty with "text" and "texted" is surely because of the letters x and t being placed together, which makes the sound usually associated with the past tense. As in "mixed", "fixed", etc.. So it doesn't sound right to add on a further past tense to it ("texted") but is not correct without it either.

Combining "xt" is an awkward sound in Germanic origin languages anyway. In Dutch it is pronounced "s" as in "Texel". "tested" causes no similar problems in being the past tense of "test".

Jessie Glasgwegian is such a different accent from other Scots accents, particularly those on the east coast, it has peculiarities all of its own. Its highly influenced in recent times by Irish Gaelic and was one of the last Gaelic speaking areas in Scotland. I don't think its typical. Some Scots accents also feature a silent "z" when between two consonants, such as in the place name "Dalmunzie". I don't think Scots would struggle any less with "text" and "texted" than the rest of the UK.

Euphemia Sat 03-Aug-13 16:03:48

The difficulty with "text" and "texted" is surely because of the letters x and t being placed together, which makes the sound usually associated with the past tense. As in "mixed", "fixed", etc.. So it doesn't sound right to add on a further past tense to it ("texted") but is not correct without it either.

I agree.

ZingWidge jo estét kivanok!

Hang on

Eltem Budapesten két éves.

Nem emléksem sok magyarul.

ZingWidge Sat 03-Aug-13 20:10:14


szia! hogy vagy? szeretsz fagyit enni?

I love ice cream! Is that what you asked?

I lived in Budapest for a couple of years in the 1990s and learned a bit of the language.... a lot of it is gone now though. I could still probably get around the city in a taxi and do the restaurant thing, and I still remember some of my work terminology (könyvvizsgáló vagyok I think?) but sadly much is lost to the mists of time!

Sounds like speech patterns in Somerset dialect where the present tense of verbs not only get used in the past tense, but also get turned into new variations of the past tense, ie:

'I says to err, "I knows you text him last Sunday", and she goes, "No I never", so I goes "he telled me he seed you only you never sayed nuffing so I knows your telling lies!' etc etc

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