Hung? Hanged?

*grammar note:

If you’re talking about something, then the past tense is hung:

He hung his clothes to dry

If you’re talking about someone, i.e. capital punishment, the past tense is hanged:

He was hanged for his crimes




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27 Responses to Hung? Hanged?

  1. Miss Edee says:

    I’ve been “corrected” a few times for using “hanged” (re: a person) instead of “hung”. Here comes the grammar lesson… You’re my grammar hero. You should wear a cape or something.

  2. rmv says:

    are you sure that “hung” isn’t the perfect tense?

    • Do you mean the past participle? Perfect tenses use the past participle of the verb. And yes, I am 100% sure. Hang-hung-hung for objects, hang-hanged-hanged for people (i.e. capital punishment). Thanks!

  3. Jodie says:

    Lol, Love it! 🙂

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  5. randomsensibility says:

    You are so clever. How the heck do come up with this stuff? I love it!

  6. pithypants says:

    Your theory is the first explanation I’ve heard that makes sense. Can you create a similar theory to explain dive/dove, please?

  7. aclundin says:

    Found you through Freshly Pressed (congrats on that) I can clearly see an addiction forming as we speak, your stuff is hilarious and fascinating at the same time.

  8. anonymously says:

    “LOL I knew it!” — Best part

  9. Beth says:

    Finally! Someone else knows the rule. For a while there, I thought I was flying solo on this one. And I love your theory as to why there is a difference in the uses of “hanged” and “hung”.

    And in reference to being the geekiest superhero ever, my younger brother tells me I might as well embrace my nerdiness. I think you should do the same! 🙂

    • I’ve been good about not correcting people’s spoken grammar, but part of me, as a teacher, dies every time I let an egregious error go unchecked

      • Beth says:

        One of my roommates at one time was an English teacher. It provided no end of entertainment when she had me (the history major) correct her (the English major) spelling and grammar. I still haven’t figured that one out…

        The errors that make me cringe are “you and I” v. “you and me” in addition to the two/too/to, their/there/they’re, your/you’re, and its/it’s conundrums that seem to challenge most people. Oh, and the pronunciation of “foyer”… don’t get me started. (It’s not grammar, but it annoys me nonetheless.)

        I figure if someone is related to me and offending my ears, I’m allowed to correct them. 🙂

      • I hate the subject/object pronoun mistake you’ve mentioned. I’m sure I’ll do a comic on it soon. 😀

      • Miss Edee says:

        Also “him and I”, “me and her”, “them and her”, etc. The two/its/their/your drives me batty, as well as “then vs. than”. What drives me battier is when autocorrect inserts an apostrophe in “its” when I mean it as a possessive. Grrrrr…..

  10. Brilliant! I’m so happy to have found your blog! 😀

  11. TJ Szol says:

    I remember being told that when any object is suspended, it is referred to as “hanged”, whereas things that are supported by another means (such as picture frames also leaning somewhat against a wall) are referred to as “hung”. For example, a chandelier would be “hanged” as the one direction of support, alike a man being hanged. Curtains are hung from windows, however.

    Is that definition therefore completely invalid?

    In any case, these comics are wonderful and I wish to see many more.

    • Interesting. I’ve never heard that before. As far as I know (and I made sure to double check before making this comic, just to be sure) it’s hung for things and hanged for people. I would always say “The clothes are hung in the closet” rather than hanged. Glad you enjoy my comics!

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