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You Text, I Text, We Text
« on: June 02, 2010, 04:36:20 PM »
... but what's the past tense? Texted? Text? Texed?

What do you guys use?

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Re: You Text, I Text, We Text
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2010, 04:43:00 PM »
I always step back one letter, sex is more interesting than looking at a mobile phone.
Textile maybe, silk knickers.

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Re: You Text, I Text, We Text
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2010, 04:49:37 PM »
sensibly
texted
texting
did you text
but not i text my friend yesterday
can you text john is an action

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Re: You Text, I Text, We Text
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2010, 04:56:04 PM »
The kids in my household say "I texted him" not "I text him". But is that right?
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Re: You Text, I Text, We Text
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2010, 05:30:15 PM »
Here's the incredibly schizophrenic answer posted at wiki.answers.com:

Q: Is the correct past-tense word for text pronounced text-ed?

A: Actually, no it's not. You could say that, and everyone would understand you perfectly. However, because "text" is not yet recognized as an official verb, you would have to say, "I sent you a text [message] last night" or "When I woke up, I realized he had sent me a text [message]."


yes 

some examples are...

   1.   To send a text message to: She texted me when she arrived.
   2.   To communicate by text message: He texted that he would be late.

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Around the office, I hear people use the word "texted." I think it's only a matter of time before "text" makes its debut as an "official verb." The context in which you want to use the word or phrase would probably make a difference. If it's in fiction, and especially if it's in dialogue, go with texted. If it's non-fiction or something more formal, maybe you'd want "sent a text message."

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Re: You Text, I Text, We Text
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2010, 05:38:42 PM »
I'd say texted. I'm sure I've heard "Facebooked" too. Tweeted is an interesting one, because it can be used transitively or intransitively </grammar nerd>

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Re: You Text, I Text, We Text
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2010, 01:04:22 AM »
Texted is grammatically correct, but nobody who isn't Jeremy Clarkson should ever say that. Use 'text' for all tenses (correct spelling for past is taken to be texed, ie texted with the t omitted, but usually written 'text').

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Re: You Text, I Text, We Text
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2010, 02:52:22 AM »
Use a landline.
I telephoned you last night.

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Re: You Text, I Text, We Text
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2010, 03:47:27 AM »
hahaha  :grin:
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