Irregularities

I received two submissions from the Houston Peanut Gallery today.

The first is from David, who spotted an error pertaining to an irregular verb in a news story:

“The South Korean coast guard managed to pull a 6-year-old girl to safety before the ship capsized and sunk.”

Here’s another example of that same usage, taken from a TV commercial from my youth (way back last millennium):

“You sunk my battleship!”

The simple past tense of the verb “to sink” is “sank.” Sunk is used as a past participle after the verb “to have.”

Corrected Examples:
…before the ship sank (simple past)
…before the ship had sunk (past participle)

Yes, the dictionary says that both “sank” and “sunk” are accepted as the simple past tense, but I’m a grammar purist and will change it to “sank” every time just to be consistent.

The second irregularity is a short video / poem sent by Don about how irregular the English language is. I think you will enjoy it.

http://www.wimp.com/poemenglish/

Having such weirdness is one of the reasons I have a little bit of job security!

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Profound Quote of the Day:

“The secret of ugliness consists not in irregularity, but in being uninteresting.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet, 1803-1882

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