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    hanged / hung

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the strange presence of the following talking at cross-purposes in English language?

    When we are talking about a man meeting death on the gallow, say “He was hanged”, when we are talking about the carcass of an animal, say “It was hung”, or “The beef was hung dry” or “My coat was hung on a hook.”

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards

    V.


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    Re: hanged / hung

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the strange presence of the following talking at cross-purposes in English language?

    When we are talking about a man meeting death on the gallow, say “He was hanged”, when we are talking about the carcass of an animal, say “It was hung”, or “The beef was hung dry” or “My coat was hung on a hook.”

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards

    V.
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    A man who is executed is hanged - the action is done to him.

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