Past tense of "hanging on"?
If the sentence is "She is hanging on until we make it to the hospital", which would be the past tense?
A. She hanged on until we made it to the hospital.
B. She hung on until we made it to the hospital.
C. She held on until we made it to the hospital.
All of them sound good to me (not a native english speaker).
- PontusLv 74 weeks agoBest answer
A. incorrect. hanged - is used when hang means to die by being suspended by something. Here, hang means to cling, so it's B (hung).
C. That's the past of hold. It makes sense, but it's not the past of hang.
B is the answer to your question.
C - is probably said more often, which is why some people prefer it.
Finally, the true past tense form of "She is hanging on" (present progressive/continuous) is:
She was hanging on (past progressive/continuous).
She hung on - is the simple past of - She hangs on (the simple present).
Just as an FYI.
In this context, using the simple past makes sense.
- 4 weeks ago
B and C are correct
- John PLv 74 weeks ago
"Hanged on" does not exist, at least, not in British English. The only use for "hanged" (without "on") is for execution by hanging by the neck.
B is fine.
C is fine as a form of expression in everyday British English., but the present tense would be "She is holding on" (not "hanging on")
- bluebellbkkLv 74 weeks ago
We use 'hanged' only when talking of killing a living being. 'The prisoner was hanged at dawn.'
We use 'hung' in all other situations. 'I bought a lovely painting and hung it on the wall.'
In the dramatic scenario your sentences describe, you can certainly use either 'she hung on' or 'she held on', but of course 'held' is the past tense of 'hold', not 'hang'.
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- wind_updollLv 74 weeks ago
B or C - A isn’t proper
- The Football GodLv 74 weeks ago
"Held on", But I are a native english speaker with not good grammar.
- VerulamLv 74 weeks ago
For me, the third option would be better. Cerrtainly not A. It might be best to leave 'hanging' alone and simply use 'waited' although that could be more passive. Leaving out any 'urgency' in the situation.
- BJJLv 74 weeks ago
I think B or C would be correct
- Land-sharkLv 74 weeks ago
They are all past tense. C is probably the best version.