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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


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.

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