P.S. for Sneak vs. Snuck

A reader commented that she thought “snuck” was the past tense of “sneak.”

It can be, in a casual sense: Robert snuck into his bedroom to make sure his favorite magazine was well hidden under the mattress.

But in a more formal context, you would write and say, Robert sneaked into the boardroom to retrieve the laptop he had forgotten after the meeting.

Present tense: sneak (snuck is not used in the present tense)

Past tense of either verb: sneaked or snuck

Past participle: has, have or had snuck or has, have or had sneaked.

 

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3 responses to “P.S. for Sneak vs. Snuck

  1. Judi,
    What do you think about the use of the words ‘dreamt’ instead of ‘dreamed’, and ‘burnt’ instead of ‘burned’?
    These words bug me when I stumble upon them in writing.

  2. “Dreamt” and “burnt” are veddy, veddy British. I can’t ever remember seeing them in anything written by an American, but because you are in Canada it may be more common up there.

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