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    Which one is correct? (pt. tense)

    The key fit in the key hole. (pt. tense)
    The key fitted in the key hole. (pt. tense)

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    Re: Which one is correct? (pt. tense)

    Quote Originally Posted by PlacidRan View Post
    The key fit in the key hole. (pt. tense)
    The key fitted in the key hole. (pt. tense)
    Both are used.

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    Re: Which one is correct? (pt. tense)

    Wow! I had to go to the dictionary to make sure the otherwise impeccable Bhai had not lost his mind.

    In the US, I have never heard "fitted" for simple past. I was about to reply that as an irregular verb, "fit" took "fit" as the simple past and "fitted" only as the participle.

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    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Which one is correct? (pt. tense)

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Wow! I had to go to the dictionary to make sure the otherwise impeccable Bhai had not lost his mind.

    In the US, I have never heard "fitted" for simple past. I was about to reply that as an irregular verb, "fit" took "fit" as the simple past and "fitted" only as the participle.

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    It was the reverse with me. 'fit' is simply wrong!

    In BrE.

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    Re: Which one is correct? (pt. tense)

    I spent years teaching irregular verbs to French teenagers, the school course books give lists of verbs to be learnt/learned by rote (horrible system). In the irregular verb lists they sometimes (not always) give the AmE version for information, while stressing that the BrE versions are to be used in all school work. So, the verb "to fit" is shown as regular in BrE and irregular in AmE. There are of course more verbs that are irregular in BrE and regular in AmE.

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    #6

    Re: Which one is correct? (pt. tense)

    In the US the usual past tense is 'fit', whereas in British English it is regular.

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