Past tense of "hanging on"?
If the sentence is "She is hanging on until we make it to the hospital", which would be the past tense?
A. She hanged on until we made it to the hospital.
B. She hung on until we made it to the hospital.
C. She held on until we made it to the hospital.
All of them sound good to me (not a native english speaker).
- PontusLv 78 months agoFavourite answer
A. incorrect. hanged - is used when hang means to die by being suspended by something. Here, hang means to cling, so it's B (hung).
C. That's the past of hold. It makes sense, but it's not the past of hang.
B is the answer to your question.
C - is probably said more often, which is why some people prefer it.
Finally, the true past tense form of "She is hanging on" (present progressive/continuous) is:
She was hanging on (past progressive/continuous).
She hung on - is the simple past of - She hangs on (the simple present).
Just as an FYI.
In this context, using the simple past makes sense.
- 8 months ago
B and C are correct
- John PLv 78 months ago
"Hanged on" does not exist, at least, not in British English. The only use for "hanged" (without "on") is for execution by hanging by the neck.
B is fine.
C is fine as a form of expression in everyday British English., but the present tense would be "She is holding on" (not "hanging on")
- bluebellbkkLv 78 months ago
We use 'hanged' only when talking of killing a living being. 'The prisoner was hanged at dawn.'
We use 'hung' in all other situations. 'I bought a lovely painting and hung it on the wall.'
In the dramatic scenario your sentences describe, you can certainly use either 'she hung on' or 'she held on', but of course 'held' is the past tense of 'hold', not 'hang'.
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- wind_updollLv 78 months ago
B or C - A isn’t proper
- The Football GodLv 78 months ago
"Held on", But I are a native english speaker with not good grammar.
- Verulam 1Lv 78 months ago
For me, the third option would be better. Cerrtainly not A. It might be best to leave 'hanging' alone and simply use 'waited' although that could be more passive. Leaving out any 'urgency' in the situation.
- BJJLv 78 months ago
I think B or C would be correct
- Land-sharkLv 78 months ago
They are all past tense. C is probably the best version.