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beat / beaten (verb)

Discussion in 'English Only' started by gui0322, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. gui0322 Senior Member

    North of France
    French, France
    Hello,
    I have just heard this sentence : "The abolitionists were sadly beat by 163 votes to 88". I would have instinctively said "were sadly beaten". Can "beat" be a past participle? I have seen it very, very rarely on "Google" and I thought it might be a mistake at first.
    Who would rather say "beat" than "beaten" in this context (regions of the world, socio-cultural background, age...) ?
    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. "Beat" may be correct in some dialects, but in standard English the only participle is "beaten"
     
  3. gui0322 Senior Member

    North of France
    French, France
    Thank you very much indeed.
     

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