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    Is reparteed a word?

    I know that repartee is a word, but would the past tense be reparteed?

    Example: "Hey, what gives?" Joan reparteed.

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    Re: Is reparteed a word?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I know that repartee is a word, but would the past tense be reparteed?

    Example: "Hey, what gives?" Joan reparteed.
    I think that 'repartee' is the noun. I'd say: Joan retorted.
    'Reparteed' looks very strange to me.
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    Re: Is reparteed a word?

    Quote Originally Posted by stanislaw.masny View Post
    I think that 'repartee' is the noun. I'd say: Joan retorted.
    'Reparteed' looks very strange to me.
    S.M.
    Yes, repartee is a noun. You engage in repartee with someone.

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    Re: Is reparteed a word?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I know that repartee is a word, but would the past tense be reparteed?

    Example: "Hey, what gives?" Joan reparteed.
    "repartee" is not a verb, so it doesn't have a past tense. As the others have said, it's a noun.

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    Re: Is reparteed a word?

    Example: "Hey, what gives?" Joan reparteed.
    This could be used in creative writing, but it is, as the others have said, a noun normally (and in al the dictionaries I could find) and not a verb.

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    Re: Is reparteed a word?

    As has been said 'More or less any noun can be verbed'.

    But I wouldn't call this a creative example; it feels to me like a rather creaky attempt at 'elegant variation'. Enid Blyton, a children's writer very popular in the '40s and '50s, was a notable offender. Characters in her books rarely just said anything - they 'carolled/chirped/chorussed/mused/queried....'

    Besides, 'repartee' involves rapid and witty responses. Asking 'Hey, what gives?' isn't repartee (the noun); so it would be silly to use it verbally - however creative the writing - in this context.

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