In English, some words might sound real but actually aren’t. And there is sometimes debate surrounding which words are actual and which words are not. Today, we’ll be looking at “splitted”. Is this an accurate word? What are the rules about past tense words?
By the end of this article, you will know whether or not “splitted” is a real word, and you will also know which word to use instead.
Is “splitted” grammatically correct?
“Splitted” is not grammatically correct. If you want to talk about splitting you did in the past, just use the word “split”.
Don’t say, “We splitted the bill”. Say, “we split the bill”.
Why “Splitted” is not grammatically correct
As a verb, “split” is already in the past tense. This can either be in the past simple, past perfect, or past perfect continuous.
And yes, I know that does sound somewhat confusing. But let me make it easier.
Past simple is talking about something an action that happened in the past at a specific time.
“We split the bill after dinner”.
Past perfect refers to something that happened in the past, before another event.
“We split the bill, to stop each other arguing over who would pay”.
Past perfect continuous refers to things that were happening until something else.
“We split the bill, until each person paid less than £20”.
“Split” is a verb… but also an adjective.
“Split” can either be a verb or an adjective. Although both versions are related.
As a verb, “split” refers to the action of causing one thing to become two or more. I might say that I have to “split” the bill. Or I could “split” a cake with you.
As an adjective, “split” refers to things that have been “split” or are naturally split. If we split the bill, the bill becomes a split bill.
In nature, “split peas” are peas that have been split automatically.
Split, Splits, Splitting: The past, future, and present tenses
The word “split” can be in the past or the present. And sometimes, it can be a bit confusing which one.
For example, if I saw “I split trees in half”, this could be a response to “What do you do for a living?” or “What did you do in France?”.
When talking about someone else, you would say “split” for the past but “splits” for the present.
So, “he split trees, when he went to France”. But “she splits trees in France for a living”.
To talk in the present continuous, you should say, “I am splitting”. For example, “I am splitting trees. But yesterday, I split a rock”.
11 examples of “split”
“The hard split that’s appearing within the conservative coalition is becoming ever clearer.”
“when I slammed my face into that glass wall I split the inside of my top lip with my overbite teeth. I hate myself.”
“My brain feels like split pea soup today.”
“I was worried this would be a 50 50 split or something.”
“The Democratic party is split into two camps on this issue. Expect a lot of fires to rage in the Middle East over the next 4 years.”
“You know I can’t even do a split so he’ll keep waiting.”
“Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you.”
“Or split the difference and go seasonal.”
“Unfortunately, you are wrong 🙂 if you have rm100k in your bank account, it is better if you split it into a few types of investment.”
“How this impacts the revenue split between Twitch and their creators seems a bit nebulous to me.”
“I don’t know, honestly my solution is to split the state of Washington in two, because the west doesn’t care about the east side.”
Splitted and Splat are NOT correct past tense forms of “Split”
There are some words related to “split” that don’t exist at all. I want to take a look at some of them and let you know just how much of a buffoon you need to be to use them.
Often, past tense words end in “ed”. Hunted, boiled, walked, jogged, poured.
However, this rule does not apply to “split”. The past tense of “split” is not “splitted”.
Since the past tense of “sit” is “sat”, this might lead some people to think that the past tense of “split” is “splat”. But it isn’t. “splat” is not the past tense of “split”. It’s the sound you make when you hit the floor.`
Other words that break the “ed” rule of determining past particle.
Here are some other words that don’t follow the “ed” rule. And what you ought to use instead.
At school, some of us were taught that to find the past tense of a word, you just had to put “ed” on the end. But in the real world, the English language is a little more complex than this. Not all words follow the same rules. Which does make English a tough language to learn.
Why does English break it’s own rules so often?
This does raise a fairly interesting point. “Why is the English language like this?”. The short answer is that English is weird.
But the slightly longer answer is that English is made of parts of lots of different languages. Therefore different words obey different rules. As The English language evolved, which words followed which rules might have changed a bit.
The thing with all languages is that they aren’t determined by logic. They are determined by usage. The reason why “splitted” is not a real word is that people don’t use it. Therefore, it is not in the dictionary.
If you ever feel like writing the word “splitted”, don’t. The correct term to use is “split”.
“Split” is a verb that can be in the past, present, or even future.
I split the bill last night.
I always split the bill after a meal.
I will split the bill next time.
It’s a word that throws into question some of the English rules and makes you think twice about how easy our language is to speak.
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