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What is the past tense of snow-blowing?

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snow-blew, maybe? simple past tense.
Snow-blown would be past participle, IIRC

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snow-blew, maybe? simple past tense.
Snow-blown would be past participle, IIRC

Just does not sound right.

And since most text books are published in Texas it seems to be missing.

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Blew snow? I dunno, i come from a 3rd world country.

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Blew snow? I dunno, i come from a 3rd world country.
So for you it would be what... shoveled?
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So for you it would be what... shoveled?
No, more like 'shobelled.'


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Just does not sound right.

And since most text books are published in Texas it seems to be missing.
English is a retarded language. Sometimes it doesn't sound right.

blow is still the verb. I can't imagine why snow would change its conjugation.

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Snowblowed? Snowblew? In English, to form the past tense of a regular verb (that is, indicate that an event has occured in the past), we add the ending -ed. So if "snowblow" is a regular verb, "snowblowed" is correct. But "blow," is not a regular verb, its past tense being "blew." So should the past tense of "snowblow" be "snowblew"? Good question.

In fact, the problem here is not one of regular or irregular past tense. Instead, the problem is what is commonly referred to as "verbing a noun," that is, using a noun (remember? person, place, or thing) as a verb (action word). A "snowblower" is a thing, thus, a noun. "To snowblow" is the result of "verbification," turning a legitimate noun into an illegitimate verb. Sometimes, verbing a noun is useful; most often it is senseless and lazy. Unfortunately, many examples of unnecessary verbification have become common parlance: "email" (noun) to "email, emailing, emailed" (verb forms); "contact" (noun) to "contact, contacting, contacted" (verb forms); and "impact" (noun) to "impact, impacting, impacted" (verb forms)--oh, how I cringe at this last example! Verbification is generally lazy and results from an attempt to say something as quickly and efficiently as possible. I'm all for efficiency, don't get me wrong; but don't do it to the destruction of the English language! Nancy Allison has a clever (and lengthier) article on "nerbs," as she calls them, at http://www.stcboston.org/archives/articles/nouns.shtml.

So, no, to a classic grammarian, "snowblowed" is not correct, nor would be "snowblew" or any other verbification. I'd suggest, "Many CNY'ers [what the heck is a "CNY'er," anyway? the subject for another post, I'd say!] cleared their sidewalks with snowblowers several times today." Longer, yes, but so much more pleasant to the ear, wouldn't you say?

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I showed that damn snow who was boss...(past tense)
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Let's see.......anywhere south of I-80 it'd be "snow blow'd" I think.

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