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Offline emilynemchick Reading
18 Mar 2014, 01:10 PM | Post: #1

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Shined or Shone

After consulting a few sources, I'm still left slightly flummoxed. First I read that 'I shined' is transitive (I shined a torch at something) and 'I shone' was intransitive (The sun shone) http://http://public.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/shined.html, then I read there were two different verbs meaning to shine. To shine as in emit light (The sun shines/ I shine a torch present tense, the sun shone/ I shone a torch past) and to shine as in to make gleam (I shine shoes/ I shined shoes/ I shined the silverware). http://http://grammarist.com/usage/shined-shone/. I'd be inclined to put more weight on this.
I also gleaned from context that Americans are more likely to use shined as the past tense of shine (emit light) whereas Brits are inclined to use shone. So an American shined a flashlight, but an Englishman shone. 
Thoughts? I'd appreciate anyone shining some light on the issue.
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18 Mar 2014, 01:19 PM | Post: #2

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RE: Shined or Shone

I think the latter point is true - shone as past tense of shine to Brits. To me it's always seemed that shined was active - I'd say I shined my shoes - until they shone. I don't suppose that helps much!
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RE: Shined or Shone

That's what I'd say, too. I've spent altogether too much time around Americans so sometimes I second guess my instincts. Thanks!
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18 Mar 2014, 01:38 PM | Post: #4

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RE: Shined or Shone

I think, in general Americans tend to prefer -ed endings to their participles -- spelled, burned, shined etc. but we Brits do like our irregulars -- spelt, burnt, shone...

(although no one's tried to convince me to use goed yet instead of gone...)
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RE: Shined or Shone

Not wented then?
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18 Mar 2014, 01:52 PM | Post: #6

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RE: Shined or Shone

(18 Mar 2014 01:43 PM)Ignite Wrote: Wrote:  Not wented then?
I believe both are correct [Image: tongue.gif]
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Offline Tim_A Reading strictly murder by Lynda Wilcox
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(18 Mar 2014 01:43 PM)Ignite Wrote: Wrote:  Not wented then?
Seems a perfectly reasonable alternative. Smile

Now that's another one... alternative or alternate?
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RE: Shined or Shone

When I see "shined" I want to say "shinded" "I shinded it I did" Big Grin It just doesn't sound right to me, I need to make fun of it.
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(18 Mar 2014 01:38 PM)Tim_A Wrote: Wrote:  I think, in general Americans tend to prefer -ed endings to their participles -- spelled, burned, shined etc. but we Brits do like our irregulars -- spelt, burnt, shone...

(although no one's tried to convince me to use goed yet instead of gone...)
Don't Americans say 'dove' where we say 'dived'?
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And to me 'dove' is a bird. Smile
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