hanged / hung

hanged / hung
   Hanged is past tense of hang in the sense of executing someone by using a rope around the neck: Outlaws in the Old West were hanged when they could be caught.
   Hung is the past tense of hang, but is used for things: Lyda Cain's son never hung up his clothes. Just remember hanged is used for people (Yuck!), and hung is used for other things.

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  • hanged / hung —    Hanged is past tense of hang in the sense of executing someone by using a rope around the neck: Outlaws in the Old West were hanged when they could be caught.    Hung is the past tense of hang, but is used for things: Lyda Cain s son never… …   Confused words

  • hanged, hung — The principal parts of hang are hang, hung, hung. However, when the word refers to the death penalty, the parts are hang, hanged, hanged. The draperies are hung. The murderer was hanged …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • hanged — hanged, hung In standard usage, the past tense and past participle of hang is hanged with reference to capital punishment and hung in other meanings. So curtains and pictures are hung but a convicted murderer is (or was) hanged. The distinction… …   Modern English usage

  • hung — hanged, hung In standard usage, the past tense and past participle of hang is hanged with reference to capital punishment and hung in other meanings. So curtains and pictures are hung but a convicted murderer is (or was) hanged. The distinction… …   Modern English usage

  • hung — See hanged. See hanged, hung …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • hung — adjective a) Suspended by hanging. b) Having hanging additions or appendages. Syn: hung like a horse, hung like a donkey, well hung, well endowed See Also: hanged, hung …   Wiktionary

  • hanged — See hanged, hung …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • hanged —  , hung  People are hanged; objects are hung …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Hanged, drawn and quartered — The execution of Hugh Despenser the Younger, as depicted in the Froissart of Louis of Gruuthuse To be hanged, drawn and quartered was from 1351 a penalty in England for men convicted of high treason, although the ritual was first recorded during… …   Wikipedia

  • Hanged — Hang Hang (h[a^]ng), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hanged} (h[a^]ngd) or {Hung} (h[u^]ng); p. pr. & vb. n. {Hanging}. Usage: The use of hanged is preferable to that of hung, when reference is had to death or execution by suspension, and it is also more… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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