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Past tense of "text"

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Dear Personal Report:

Please settle a bet. What is the correct pronunciation of the past tense of the verb “to text” (as in text messaging)?Jodi M. Nenninger, Conrad Siegel Actuaries

Dear Jodi,

This is new territory in the grammar world. Like so many other web-related words, the verb “text” doesn’t appear in many dictionaries yet.

Example: You’ll see “text messaging” listed as a noun in Merriam-Webster, but the verb form of that word doesn’t appear.

In the American Heritage dictionary, however, you can find the verb “text” and its related forms: texted and texting.

If that sounds unnatural, you could also use the phrase “text-messaged.”

Examples: “I texted him to let him know the meeting time has changed” or “I text-messaged him to let him know the meeting time has changed.”

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Taylor November 6, 2013 at 4:48 am

Thank you! My daughter recently informed me “in company” that I used “texted” incorrectly and that she hates hearing people use the term. “There’s no such word!”
Of course at 32 she has all the answers. :-)


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