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

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alicetrefusis Fri 02-Aug-13 17:11:26


LapsedPacifist Sun 04-Aug-13 01:05:52

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

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Sat 03-Aug-13 21:54:40

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!

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


szia! hogy vagy? szeretsz fagyit enni?

HeartsTrumpDiamonds Sat 03-Aug-13 19:56:45

ZingWidge jo estét kivanok!

Hang on

Eltem Budapesten két éves.

Nem emléksem sok magyarul.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Surely the past tense is sent a text

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.

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 15:38:42

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

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?

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.

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".

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

Is it actually a verb then?!

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

"have you texted her"

sounds normal to me

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

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

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.

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.

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

Hungarian birds say csip-csip!

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

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

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

French birds say cui cui.

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.

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