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Past tense: Is it “Dived” or “Dove”

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by Eric Sedletzky, Nov 6, 2019.

  1. Eric Sedletzky

    Eric Sedletzky Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
    It’s time to discuss this again.
    Which one is it when talking about past tense, Dove or Dived.
    Proper english would say dived, dove is a bird.
    But then to use a vehicular reference, “I drove to the store” or “I drived to the store”? The second one doesn’t sound right. But “dived” does sound right, and so does “dove”...I guess.
    I don’t know anymore, which way is it?
    Does it matter?
  2. Scubagolf

    Scubagolf ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sacramento, California, USA
    Either is correct. Use whichever one rolls better off your tongue.
    Should you use 'dived' or 'dove'?

    The words dived and dove are interchangeable as a past tense and past participle of the verb dive. Both verb inflections are used in American and British English; however, dove is an Americanism, and thus tends to be used more in American English.
  3. lowwall

    lowwall Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago
    According to my 6-year-old daughter, it is "dive-ded".
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  4. Graeme Fraser

    Graeme Fraser Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Narnia
    Hmmm, interesting. I've never heard a UK English speaker use dove as the past tense of dive, but this appears to be common for North American English speakers. Would be interesting to find out what term other English speaking nations use. For that matter, which way do people who use English as a second language roll?
  5. Dinorax

    Dinorax Registered

    Hmmm... well it depends on each individual I guess, coming from south east asia (where english is probably 2nd or 3rd or even 4th language), I would automatically use "dived".

    Funny how the word "dove" pop-up as a bodywash brand and of course "a bird".
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  6. Mike1967

    Mike1967 Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Victoria, Australia
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  7. CamC

    CamC Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Isle of Man
    It's probably just me, but since the last time this cropped up I've noticed that I tend to vary it myself without thinking, depending on whether I'm referring to one or more than one person. E.g. "I dived there yesterday" versus "we dove there yesterday". Except for the times when I do it the other way round. English, eh?

    I'm Scottish, BTW.
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  8. Pearlman

    Pearlman Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Bangalore
    A Dove is always a pigeon.. unless you want to create a flutter of confusion in the listeners mind... :bounce:

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  9. clownfishsydney

    clownfishsydney Contributor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Sydney Australia
    For Australians, it is never dove, it is dived. Similarly, we do not say (for example), "the wetsuit fit me". We would say "the wetsuit fitted me". Lots of ones like that seen in US novels.

    As to spelling, do not even get me onto the problem the US has with that!
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  10. BoundForElsewhere

    BoundForElsewhere Waiting for the zombies ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: NYC
    As an American, I prefer to use a close translation to the French word for dive... I plunge, you plunge, we all plunged, I am going plunging, I kept my eye on my plunge buddy.

    Raises a few eyebrows on the boat, sure, but no confusion for past tense.

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