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    Hang/hung?

    Hello everbody,
    What is the past tense of hang in this context?
    My computer hang up yesterday.
    THank you

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    I think the sentence should be :"my computer hung up yesterday" since it's in the past tense.

    my 2 cents!

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    I agree with hector, it's hang-hung-hung.

    May I add though, that hang-hanged-hanged is also used, less frequently


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariner View Post
    May I add though, that hang-hanged-hanged is also used, less frequently
    Just for people...

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    Correct, thanks for the clarification

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shad View Post
    Hello everbody,
    What is the past tense of hang in this context?
    My computer hang up yesterday.
    THank you
    Hung, as has been said. Your use of 'hang up' though looks a bit odd to me. To my ear, a computer just hangs; the most common use of the verb hang up is in the context of a telephone call. (In that case hang up is a phrasal verb, but if you think of the old candlestick telephones they really did hang something up).

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    Hi,
    I also wondered abt that. Is My comp hung the most common for such an occurrence? Or froze?
    Tnx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi,
    I also wondered abt that. Is My comp hung the most common for such an occurrence? Or froze?
    Tnx
    I think this use of hung is probably chiefly used by software and hardware developers. They're thinking of the code, which is hanging - imagine someone hanging from a rock-face, having run out of hand-holds, thinking 'OK, what do I do now?' Other people in the IT business picked up this bit of jargon, to show how switched-on they are.

    In the world outside IT, I think you're right - people are more likely to use the word froze for any bit of electrical equipment that suddenly stops working and remains in a state of suspended animation - with signs of life (lights on) but no useful behaviour; a television is as likely to freeze as a computer, and a television certainly wouldn't hang.

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    You see, hang is exactly what we say in Russian, and I'm always afraid of calques.


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    Hello Shad,
    There are two past forms of “to hang” -- “hanged” and “hung”. “Hanged” refers to executions. As for example, in the sentence “The poor man hanged himself” “hanged” describes that the man killed himself by fastening a rope around the neck and removing any other support for the body, while “hung” means “ to suspend”, such as “He hung his clothes in the closet.” In your sentence you don’t refer to any execution. So “hung” would be correct to say.
    So, I hope that's clear - thanks for your question.

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