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    to spit

    Hey, be careful! You´ve just ________________ in my eye!
    What´s the most commonly used participle of the verb to spit? I´ve found spitted, spat and even spit....

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    Re: to spit

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Hey, be careful! You´ve just ________________ in my eye!
    What´s the most commonly used participle of the verb to spit? I´ve found spitted, spat and even spit....
    Well, I can't say that I have heard the past participle of spit very often, so I am not sure what "sounds" better. but I would personally say "have spit." Apparently "have spat" works, as well.

    I wouldn't worry about making this sentence part of your regular lexicon.

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    Re: to spit

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Hey, be careful! You´ve just ________________ in my eye!
    What´s the most commonly used participle of the verb to spit? I´ve found spitted, spat and even spit....
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    Hello, Beachboy.

    (1) I checked in A DICTIONARY OF MODERN AMERICAN USAGE by Mr.

    Bryan A. Garner. Many people feel that he is a good guide.

    (2) Mr. Garner says that you have three choices:

    spit spat spat

    spit spat spit

    spit spit spit

    (3) I think that many Americans probably follow the third set.

    (4) Mr. Garner recommends following the first set -- "as good writers
    generally do." (His words)

    (5) Thus, you might want to say: "You've just spat in my eye!"

    (6) As I have already said, I suspect that many people would use

    spit.

    Thank you


    *****

    P. S. Mr. Garner is an American, and he also writes books that give

    advice to lawyers regarding proper English usage.

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