To D or not to D?

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A friend sent me this snippet that raised her eyebrows: “There was little advanced warning 79 years ago….”

Advanced warning? Was the warning ahead in development, or did it come in advance of something?

It’s common to see errors in which people use —ed for a suffix or else leave it off, as in “ice tea.” Is the tea made of ice or is it iced?

If you’re debating whether to use the —ed form or to leave that d off, ask yourself some logical questions. The answers should be obvious to you and help you decide which form you want.

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2 responses to “To D or not to D?

  1. Good advice. You could always say “icy tea” and avoid the problem, but who would?

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  2. And tea with ice cubes takes too long. Iced it is.

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