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The past tense of the verb 'to text'

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soaccidentprone Thu 20-Jun-13 22:01:42

I agree with mminty

SanityClause Thu 20-Jun-13 22:01:36

See, prism, I'm with you. I love watching language evolve. When I was younger, random meant "without a pattern", but now it can also mean "bizarre" or also, "an unknown or non-specified person or thing". (So, you are all randoms, on the Internet, to me.)

I believe that grammar is descriptive, rather than proscriptive, for the most part. (Although, there are obviously times when standard grammar should be used.

So hurray for "text", the past participle of the verb "to text"!

Mintyy Thu 20-Jun-13 22:01:10

I avoid it or say "I sent a text" as I cannot stand either 'text' in the past tense or 'texted'. I am an horrendous pedant though.

Numberlock Thu 20-Jun-13 21:58:03

I vote for the European/international SMS. No-one else knows what a text is, well not as an electronic message anyway.

miffybun73 Thu 20-Jun-13 21:51:18

I would say texted.

NicholasTeakozy Fri 17-May-13 17:21:59

Quite right Toby, textes is a mis-spelling. wink

TobyLerone Fri 17-May-13 16:50:28

Also, the plural of 'text' is 'texts'. Not 'textes' angry

YokoUhOh Fri 17-May-13 16:40:53

We could do away with both 'text' and 'texted' and use SMS, like the French: 'J'ai envoyé un SMS'. 'Text' as a past participle is always, ALWAYS wrong smile

prism Tue 14-May-13 08:11:16

Personally I'm quite excited about the idea of an irregular verb that's the same in the past tense as in the present. Let's face it, a pedant could easily insist that "text" is a mass noun, and there's not really any such thing as "a text" any more than there is "an air" or "a water" (OK I know there are weird exceptions to that). But no-one's fighting that battle, as far as I know.

So if you've swallowed the idea that "text" is a common noun, and then that it's also a verb, I don't think you can suddenly insist that there's a rule about how you can put it in the past tense. When you throw out the bathwater, you're crying over spilt milk if you start complaining about the absence of the baby.


badtime Fri 10-May-13 16:04:51

I know someone who says this ('I text him'), and has somehow worked backward from this to the point where the message is a 'tex', as in 'I sent him three texes'. I generally have to go and have a sit down and a nice cup of hot, sweet tea when I hear that.

Bowlersarm Wed 08-May-13 21:42:29

I would say texted, but it does sound clumsy.

flipchart Wed 08-May-13 21:41:44

I would have said texted in verbal conversation but would say textd if I was texting someone about a text that I had texted.

Yika Wed 08-May-13 21:41:08

Oh yes. Do not understand why people don't write texted. Very annoying!

aPseudonymToFoolHim Wed 08-May-13 21:41:07

According to my brother, to text is now a verb! But, as a pedant, I would ALWAYS say 'I sent a text'

coffeeinbed Wed 08-May-13 21:39:54

It's been bothering me greatly as well.

Crikeyblimey Wed 08-May-13 21:39:35

I agree it should be texted but as "text" isn't a real verb the. Who knows. Surely the verb is "to send". Text is a noun.

deleted203 Wed 08-May-13 21:39:18

I would agree with 'texted', certainly. Are these the same people who say, 'I axed you something'?

Ruffello Wed 08-May-13 21:36:08

The past tense is surely 'texted', pronounced as written. Why do people say for example: 'So I text her yesterday'?

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