Friday, 16 September 2011

Hang 的過去式是 hanged 還是 hung?


動詞 "hang" 的過去式究竟是 "hanged" 還是 "hung" 呢?

答案取決於 "hang" 本身的定義。 

"Hang" 可以解作:懸掛,垂下 

這個時候,"hang" 的過去式 (past tense) 和過去分詞 (past participle) 都是 "hung"。

"Hang" 另一個意思是:被吊死,施以絞刑

如果意思是「被吊死,施以絞刑」,"hang" 的 past tense 和 past participle 就是 "hanged",而不是 "hung"。

譬如說:

他把圖畫懸掛牆上。
He hung his picture on the wall. (correct)
He hanged his picture on the wall. (wrong!)

他犯了謀殺,被處以絞刑。
He was hanged for murder. (correct)
He was hung for murder. (wrong!)

他羞愧得垂下頭來。
Feeling ashamed, he hung his head. (correct)
Feeling ashamed, he hanged his head. (wrong!

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