What Is The Past Tense Of Hang?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, hang past tense can be hung or hanged. “Hung” is used in most cases. Its most common meaning is to attach something at the top and let the below part free.
Is hanged the past tense of hang? Yes, but what is the difference between hanged and hung? The answer is that we only use hanged as a past tense of hang when it comes to someone sentenced to death by hanging.
In addition to hang in past tense, below are other tense forms of hang that our team has compiled:
|Simple Present||He/She/It hangs
|Present Continuous||He/She/It is hanging
I am hanging
You/We/They are hanging
|Present Perfect||He/She/It has hung/hanged
I/You/We/They have hung/hanged
|Present Perfect Continuous||He/She/It has been hanging
I/You/We/They have been hanging
|Simple Past||He/She/It/I/You/We/They hung/hanged|
|Past Continuous||I/He/She/It was hanging
You/We/They were hanging
|Past Perfect||He/She/It/I/You/We/They had hung/hanged|
|Past Perfect Continuous||He/She/It/I/You/We/They had been hanging|
|Simple Future||He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall hang|
|Future Continuous||He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall be hanging|
|Future Perfect||He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall have hung/hanged|
|Future Perfect Continuous||He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall have been hanging|
To know how to correctly pronounce “hung or hanged”, you can watch this video to have native speakers’ accents:
According to the Macmillan dictionary, the IPA transcription of “hung” is /hʌŋ/, and of hanged is /hæŋd/. The past participle of hang is also hanged or hung, so they’re pronounced the same as the past tense for hang. The table below can make it clearer.
|Form of word||Pronunciation|
Definitions And How To Use Hung/Hanged?
The English verb hang has the following meanings:
- To attach, fasten or support something at the top so that the other part is free to move or is loose.
Example: The activists hung a banner from the roof of the building. Through that campaign, they wanted to get more people involved in their activities.
- To fall in the way it hangs.
Example: My grandmother’s hair hanged down to her waist. I was amazed when I see that smooth, healthy long hair.
Example: They’re speaking Spanish, aren’t they?
- To bend or let something curve down
Example: My heart flutters when I see branches hung heavy with snow. Another warm Christmas season has come again with family members.
- To kill someone by tying a rope around their neck and letting them drop, especially as punishment for a serious crime.
Example: She hanged herself after her husband and child were lost in an accident.
- To spend time relaxing/enjoying
Example: You hung with his family last week, didn’t you?
- To stay in the air
Example: The hawk hung in the air for a while then plunged to grab its prey.
- (of a system) To stop working
Example: It just hung while being downloaded to the computer.
The past tense of hang is used to describe an action that happened before the time of speaking.
- He hung his coat in the hallway and forgot to bring it home.
- He was sentenced to death and hung that year.
You may have heard the birdsong every morning when you woke up. At that time, the smoke from the houses hung above the village.
What Are Synonyms And Antonyms Of Hang?
Common synonyms of “hang” are: attach, bend, cover, dangle, decorate, drape, drift, flap, float, hold, hover, lean, pin, remain, stay up, stick, swing, wave, cling, droop, drop, fasten, fix, flop, furnish, impend, incline, loll, lop, lower, and overhang.
Settle, sink, ascent, rise, upgrade, uphill, and uprise are named antonyms of “speak”.
Is Hanged A Word?
No. Many people are confused about the fact that the word “hanged” is a single word with a complete meaning. However, it does not belong to any of the four main word classes: verbs, nouns, adjectives or adverbs. It’s just a form of the verb hang in past tense.
It can make a sentence complete, but alone it will not be a complete word. Hope you find this explanation clear.
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