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Old 09-22-2010, 11:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cast or Casted?

ok im having an internal fight with myself right now.

if i cast concrete last week...



was concrete cast last week?

or

was concrete casted last week?



when it's said verbally, i usually say ' the concrete was cast last week..." irresepective of the spelling

so what's the right way to say and spell it?

i know its something small but its eating away at me
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Old 09-23-2010, 03:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's cast.

According to the OED, casted was an earlier form of cast. It certainly isn't used today. I've never seen it.

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1599 Shakespeare. Henry V, iv. i. 23: With casted slough, and fresh legeritie.
It's one of those words whose present tense matches the past tense.
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Old 09-23-2010, 04:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks BG

since OED is for subscribers only, i wont be subscribing.

where can i find more info on ths past tense=present tense?

in this part of the world the word casted is used more times than i'd like. it really irks me when the minutes of meeting i typed up get amended from 'cast' to 'casted'.
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Old 09-23-2010, 05:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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There's not much else to say about the tense forms other than the now obsolete casted has a known use that dates back to the late 16th century.

If anyone asks you, just tell them it's obsolete.
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Old 09-24-2010, 06:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
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BG, when i'm about to give my boss a kick up the ass for doing it, i want to have some piece of evidence to back me up.

an off the cuff comment about it being obselete wont do!
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Old 09-24-2010, 07:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The "Obs" is an abbreviation of "obsolete."
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Other than for the sake of an interesting discussion, why not just say "The concrete was poured last week?" which avoids the whole cast/casted question.

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ok im having an internal fight with myself right now.

if i cast concrete last week...



was concrete cast last week?

or

was concrete casted last week?



when it's said verbally, i usually say ' the concrete was cast last week..." irresepective of the spelling

so what's the right way to say and spell it?

i know its something small but its eating away at me
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Old 09-24-2010, 07:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The "Obs" is an abbreviation of "obsolete."
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lindy, sometimes we do use the word 'pour'. but in the minutes of meeting i used 'cast' this time. it really confused me when the MOM came back all miscorrected (is that a word BG?) with the word 'casted' instead. i didnt think i was that illiterate, so it was a 'am i wrong or am i right' tussle with my inner self.
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Old 09-25-2010, 04:08 AM   #9 (permalink)
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lindy, sometimes we do use the word 'pour'. but in the minutes of meeting i used 'cast' this time. it really confused me when the MOM came back all miscorrected (is that a word BG?) with the word 'casted' instead. i didnt think i was that illiterate, so it was a 'am i wrong or am i right' tussle with my inner self.
your mom spellchecks your work?
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Old 09-25-2010, 06:16 AM   #10 (permalink)
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it really confused me when the MOM came back all miscorrected (is that a word BG?) with the word 'casted' instead.
Miscorrection is a word, according to the OED. However, miscorrected doesn't appear. This means that the OED recognizes it as a noun, but not a verb. So you would be safer to recast the phrase as:
It really confused me when the MOM came back with the miscorrection of "casted" replacing "cast."
Miscorrection is also a mass noun, so no pluralization is required.
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Old 09-26-2010, 12:17 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Miscorrection is a word, according to the OED. However, miscorrected doesn't appear. This means that the OED recognizes it as a noun, but not a verb. So you would be safer to recast the phrase as:
It really confused me when the MOM came back with the miscorrection of "casted" replacing "cast."
Miscorrection is also a mass noun, so no pluralization is required.
BG, i was asking for it wasnt i?


cynth - for your information and for the record, it's spelt mum, not mom! ohh, and on a side note - MOM=Minutes of Meeting
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