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    Default Past tense of "to dive"

    I think that the past tense of dive should be dove. The context I refer to is when someone dives to teh ground. Rather than saying "Look at him, the guy just dived" I think it's best to say "Look at him, the guy just dove"

    Here are my reasons why:

    The past tense for drive is drove. If we were to use the method above it would be drived!
    The past tense for ride is rode . If we were to use the method above it would be rided.

    So clearly, these two examples highlight that it should be changed. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

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    Default dove (US)

    Hi


    vi (pp dove (US)) (person through air).

    I think this is for British English

    "he dived into the bag"
    Last edited by Alfonso Pérez; 31-Aug-2005 at 22:26.

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    Default Re: Past tense of "to dive"

    This one really bugs me as an Englishman.

    The past tense of dive is dived.

    Although I see the logic behind dove, what is the past tense of live? It certainly isn't love.

    Sorry for dragging up a very old thread.

    Andy

    PS Americans use dove.

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    Default Re: Past tense of "to dive"

    Quote Originally Posted by Holty View Post
    This one really bugs me as an Englishman.

    The past tense of dive is dived.

    Although I see the logic behind dove, what is the past tense of live? It certainly isn't love.

    Sorry for dragging up a very old thread.

    Andy

    PS Americans use dove.
    Holty,

    The past tense of any verb is what the people of a given dialect, thru use, deem it to be.

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    M-W:

    usage Dive, which was originally a weak verb, developed a past tense dove, probably by analogy with verbs like drive, drove. Dove exists in some British dialects and has become the standard past tense especially in speech in some parts of Canada. In the United States dived and dove are both widespread in speech as past tense and past participle, with dove less common than dived in the south Midland area, and dived less common than dove in the Northern and north Midland areas. In writing, the past tense dived is usual in British English and somewhat more common in American English. Dove seems relatively rare as a past participle in writing.

    Definition of dive - Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

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