Past tense of pet
Douglas G. Wilson
douglas at NB.NET
Sun Sep 14 16:41:55 UTC 2003
>Yet pet follows the standard short vowel, monosyllabic rule like put-put-put
What rule is that?
A few verbs have this paradigm: "put", "set", "let". Some have it as a
'standard' alternative: "fit", "wet" (also "shit", "spit" maybe).
But: "I have net several fish, and I have gut them"? "I have vet his
report, and he has dot all his 'i's"?
"I have pet the dog today" cannot be standard, since I don't approve of it.
(^_^) It does occur repeatedly on the Web, but that's not called the "Web
of grammatical errors" for nothing. (^_^)
-- Doug Wilson
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