We've run in to this one a lot, lately, in the form of "inputed" and "casted"/"forecasted."
Most of the time, when the past and present versions of a verb are the same, it presents no difficulties:
"hit" and "put" and "shed" seem to do just fine in the hands of nearly everyone. But there's something "input" and variously prefixed forms of "cast" that are causing people grief.
So, for example:
"He put his keys in his pocket and turned away." (past tense)
"I usually put my keys in my right pocket." (present tense)
"The players shed their warm-ups and hit the field, while Coach looked over her notes." (past tense)
"It's time to shed the winter colors and get ready for spring -- let's hit the mall!" (present tense)
"He forecast a rain/snow mix, but in the end, we got all rain." (past tense)
"I forecast mostly sunny for the next several days." (present tense)
"The research assistant input the data last week, so we can run the analyses now." (past tense)
"The system is waiting for me to input instructions so the next routine can start." (present tense)
We recalled this morning, upon perusing our Twitter feed, that today is the day we remember William Shakespeare's influence on our language -- Shakespeare having been born, and died, on or about April 23rd.
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'Tis #TalkLikeShakespeare Day! Partake in the celebration with Gary Logan's The Eloquent Shakespeare: http://bit.ly/J4Qijz
So, for your enjoyment and edification:
Thou talkest (modern: you talk) You talk
He/She/It talketh (modern: he/she/it talks) They talk
Note how few changes have been wrought in our pronouns and verb forms by four hundred years'
This post is dated as old as the system will go -- we had intended to back-date it all the way to the debut of the grammar series of Schoolhouse Rock!, back in 1973. Alas, the blog app does not recognize the legitimacy of this idea. Too bad!
Nonetheless, travel back with us to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when we lounged around the living room of a Saturday morning, consuming cartoons and ads for impossibly sugar-laden cereals -- and sang along to Schoolhouse Rock!
Through the magic of YouTube, you can sing along again, all about our friends, the Noun, Verb, Adjective and (sing it with us, "lolly, lolly, lolly, get your Adverbs here!")
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