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    When is it applicable to use these words: hang, hanged[?] and hung.

    Ex: She ______ the phone on me.

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    Hello MJ,

    She hung up on me is the idiomatic (American) way to say this.

    (She ended the call before we had concluded our conversation.)

    [a writer, but not a teacher]

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    Thanks. Sometimes I want to hang myself for being confused. [Joke]

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    Quote Originally Posted by mary joe View Post
    Thanks. Sometimes I want to hang myself for being confused. [Joke]
    I checked the dictionary for hang and hung. It shows that "hung" is just a variation of "hang", which means they are similar words with only different spellings... But in breaking a telephone call "hung up" commonly used....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mary joe View Post
    When is it applicable to use these words: hang, hanged[?] and hung.

    Ex: She ______ the phone on me.
    To my best knowledge, hanged is only used as past tense and past perfect of committing suicide by hanging or killing someone in the same way.

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    Verb Phrases:.
    hang around or about, Informal.
    a.to spend time in a certain place or in certain company: He hangs around with an older crowd.
    b.to linger about; loiter: They had stopped working and were just hanging around to talk.


    hang back,
    a.to be reluctant to proceed or move forward: The older pupils went straight to the podium, but the younger ones hung back out of shyness.
    b.to refrain from taking action; hesitate: A forward pass would have been the best call, but the quarterback hung back because his last pass had been intercepted.


    hang in, Slang. to persevere: She has managed to hang in despite years of bad luck. Also, hang in there.



    hang on,
    a.to hold fast; cling to.
    b.to continue with effort; persevere: If you can hang on for a month longer, you will be eligible for the bonus.
    c.to be sustained to the point of danger, tedium, etc.: coughs that hang on for months.
    d.to keep a telephone line open: Hang on, I'll see if she's here.
    e.to wait briefly; keep calm.



    hang out,
    a.to lean or be suspended through an opening.
    b.Informal. to frequent a particular place, esp. in idling away one's free time: to hang out in a bar.
    c.Informal. to loiter in public places: nothing to do on Saturday night but hang out.
    d.Informal. to consort or appear in public with: Who's she been hanging out with?
    e.Slang. to calm down: Hang out, Mom, I'm OK.
    f.to wait, esp. briefly: Hang out a minute while I get my backpack.
    g.to suspend in open view; display: to hang out the flag.


    hang over,
    a.to remain to be settled; be postponed: They will probably let the final decision hang over until next year.
    b.to be imminent or foreboding; threaten: Economic ruin hangs over the town.

    hang up,
    a.to suspend by placing on a hook, peg, or hanger.
    b.to cause or encounter delay; suspend or slow the progress of: The accident hung up the traffic for several hours.
    c.to break a telephone connection by replacing the receiver on the hook: She received an anonymous call, but the party hung up when she threatened to call the police.
    d.to cause a hang-up or hang-ups in: The experience hung her up for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    To my best knowledge, hanged is only used as past tense and past perfect of committing suicide by hanging or killing someone in the same way.
    Yes, pictures are hung but people are hanged. (put to death by hanging)

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