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SamBeckett94 05-20-2008 02:35 PM

Deliberate or grammatical error?
A question that's been bugging me for a while; the characters in the show always say 'leaped', not 'leapt'. I thought it was a grammatical error to beging with, but then realized that 'leaped' may be describing a different action (as in quantum leaping, not jumping forwards through the air).

Would you think it is a grammatical error, or do you think that it is intentional?

QL Nut 05-20-2008 03:21 PM

I don't believe it's deliberate; it's just that both spellings/pronunciations are acceptable and correct in the English language, and both of them mean the same thing. It's not the same as the words "hung" and "hanged," for example, as one refers to execution and the other refers to any other object, etc. I personally use both variations in my posts depending on the context of what I'm talking about. Sometimes it sounds better to me to say something like, "Sam leapt back to 1945." Other times it sounds better for me to say, "Because Ziggy doesn't exist in the year you've leaped into."

SamBeckett94 05-20-2008 03:28 PM

I have to admit, that does sound a lot more likely.

When I lived with my mam when I was a child, she always gave me a clip around the ear for saying 'hanged'. I tell you, the amount of times I had to explain to her...
She's never been good with grammar.

JuliaM 05-20-2008 08:41 PM

From wikitionary -


The choice between leapt and leaped is mostly a matter of regional differences: leapt is preferred in British English and leaped in American English. According to research by John Algeo (British or American English?, Cambridge, 2006), leapt is used 80% of the time in UK and 32% in the US.

SamBeckett94 05-21-2008 01:22 AM

Ah, thank you. I see now. I've never been up on the American grammar.
You've been most helpful.

Ziggy 05-26-2008 03:12 PM

Ah, that explains it then. :p

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