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suhann
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past tense

Post by suhann » Wed May 31, 2006 9:46 am

Greetings,

What is the past tense for the word "cost" ?

If I wanted to say :-
"This shirt costed me $100."

Is it correct?

And, what is the past tense for the word "defect" ?

Can I say :-
"They will not accept defected goods."

Your assistance please.
Thank you!

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Post by Alan » Thu Jun 01, 2006 3:49 am

The past tesne of 'cost' is 'cost' (no change).

'Defect' (in the sense you mean) is a noun, not a verb, and therefore has no past tense. The corresponding adjective form, however, is 'defective'.

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