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    #1

    hastened

    Don't know why I'm not comfortable with this word. Seems to me that I very rarely hear it said. And for that very reason hesitate when want to use it myself, thinking that I won't be understood or that it would sound too formal. This time again. I wanted to say:

    "I hastened to thank you for the work and those details skipped my attention, I only noticed them later."

    What would you say? Is the sentence alright? How would you say it?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: hastened

    You are right, "hastened" is not commonly used. I would say:

    I was in a hurry to thank you and overlooked those details.

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    #3

    Re: hastened

    In BrE there are one or two instances where we still use it.

    The shed was in poor condition; the storm hastened its end.
    His accident was hastened by his foolish behaviour.
    You're right, it does sound rather formal. I don't think we would use it often as an active verb; I hastened for the train. We would say hurried as Dave says.
    (
    Try hurried in my examples and I think you'll agree it doesn't work)

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