"be hit-and-run"

LanDi Liu strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jun 26 05:21:16 UTC 2008

I would tend more toward thinking of it as turning the noun
"hit-and-run" into a verb.  Hit and run over is quite different from
"hit and run".

I guess it's coincidental that both verbs have the same forms for
their present and past participles, so it's easy to turn this
construction into a passive verb construction.  It's also interesting
that the words went from being verbs to being part of a noun, to being
a verb again.

"Hit and ran" is also fairly well attested with 209,000 raw google hits.


On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 6:04 AM, Arnold M. Zwicky
<zwicky at csli.stanford.edu> wrote:
> plenty of examples of "was hit and run over", which is entirely
> standard, of course, and may have contributed to the usage.
> arnold
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