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    'Mr. Limbkins, I beg your pardon, sir! Oliver Twist has asked for more!'
    There was a general start. Horror was depicted on every countenance.
    'For MORE!' said Mr. Limbkins. 'Compose yourself, Bumble, and answer me distinctly. Do I understand that he asked for more, after he had eaten the supper allotted by the dietary?'
    'He did, sir,' replied Bumble.
    'That boy will be hung,' said the gentleman in the white waistcoat. 'I know that boy will be hung.'
    ----- Oliver Twist


    Mr. Bumble, as the name itself suggests what it means, was making a mistake here. He was an uneducated person, and here he was misusing hung for hanged. Dickens was poking fun of such a person.

    Now my questions:
    1. If people misuse hung for hanged in current English, would the listener feel it jarring? Or is it still a “strict rule” people should stick to that "hanged" is used exclusively for killing someone by hanging them by the neck?
    2. Could there be a possibility that hung is used for someone, meaning not to kill him but just to hang him up as in:
    Pictures are hung on the wall. (I know this is correct.)
    He was hung on the tree. (What about this sentence? Is there such a possibility of using "hung" to mean "hanging him up for a while"? And I don't mean The corpse was hung on the tree. )


    Many many thanks in advance.

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    Re: hung

    Quote Originally Posted by henz988 View Post
    Now my questions:
    1. If people misuse hung for hanged in current English, would the listener feel it jarring? Or is it still a “strict rule” people should stick to that "hanged" is used exclusively for killing someone by hanging them by the neck?
    I would find it jarring. Naturally a person who would make the same mistake themselves would not find it jarring. Some people would claim that hung is as correct as hanged (but don't believe them!)


    2. Could there be a possibility that hung is used for someone, meaning not to kill him but just to hang him up as in:
    Pictures are hung on the wall. (I know this is correct.)
    He was hung on the tree. (What about this sentence? Is there such a possibility of using "hung" to mean "hanging him up for a while"?
    Yes, there is. But it will be misunderstood unless you make it clear that he was simply hung there for a while but not hanged.
    R.

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    Re: hung

    Thank you, Mr Raymott.

    I saw a scene in which the person was ____ the tree to be whipped and hit.
    Could you please help me with some synonyms?

    My first try:
    1. suspended with a rope from
    2. hanging from
    (correct me if I am wrong.)


    Many thanks again.

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    Re: hung

    Quote Originally Posted by henz988 View Post
    Thank you, Mr Raymott.

    I saw a scene in which the person was ____ the tree to be whipped and hit.
    Could you please help me with some synonyms?

    My first try:
    1. suspended with a rope from
    2. hanging from
    (correct me if I am wrong.)

    Many thanks again.
    1. is good. Suspended on a tree, dangled from a tree, tied to a branch on a tree.
    I'd avoid hung/hang so there are no misunderstandings.

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