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My son is having difficulty with using sang and sung in the appropriate tense. To be completely honest, I am also realizing I need a refresher on the rules. Could you please help??? Would it be "He sang a good song." or "He sung a good song." Noteworthy..I am very embarassed that I cannot figure this out...
 

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My son is having difficulty with using sang and sung in the appropriate tense. To be completely honest, I am also realizing I need a refresher on the rules. Could you please help??? Would it be "He sang a good song.":tick: or "He sung a good song.":cross: ...
sing...(present tense) He sings that song every day.
sang...(past tense) He sang that song five times yesterday.
sung..(present perfect tense) He has sung that song hundreds of times.
 

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My son is having difficulty with using sang and sung in the appropriate tense. To be completely honest, I am also realizing I need a refresher on the rules. Could you please help??? Would it be "He sang a good song." or "He sung a good song." Noteworthy..I am very embarrassed that I cannot figure this out...

Don't be embarrassed, Unreg. The correct choice for your speaking dialect is what your dialect uses. Some use 'sung' as a simple past, some, more it seems, use 'sang' as the simple past.

The dictionaries, Merriam Webster and AHD list both as inflected forms;

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M-W

Main Entry:
1sing
Function:
verb
Inflected Form(s):
sang or sung


va=sing - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary


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AHD

sing

VERB: Inflected forms: sang or sung

sing. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.

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