Thursday, January 6, 2011

Globe and Mail verb fail


I've been watching this verb, past tense, get simplified for years.
To plead. Did plead. Pled.

This is one I used to struggle with regularly in my day-to-day work, until I got used to it.

Someone pled guilty or pleaded guilty?

The rule for us in journalism is pleaded. The lawyers like pled.

D - I see how the author could be confused.
Plead sounds like Plea-ed. Like past tense.

But it is wrong.

Not sure about a past tense?
Just say did + XYZ.

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