Hello SErs. Happy Wednesday. Harmony here 🙂
While writing my current book, Exodus, I ran into a little difficulty … well, it felt more like a brick wall, lol. What tripped me up well and truly is a little thing called a past participle (I don’t know about you, but I hate grammatical terms. They always sound more complicated than they are, somehow, lol).
I wanted to write about shift schedules, which here in the UK, we call Rotas (I haven’t checked yet to see if that’s the same terminology as the States, etc. But you get the drift.) I wanted to say something like … Rota(ed) on. And that’s were the trouble began.
Usually, when my brain outright refuses to give up the goods, I turn to Google, and all my problems are solved. Not so this time. It seems there is no agreed upon form of the past particple of Rota. Here’s what I came up with from my online search …
There seems to be no definite ruling on the correct past participle of rota or the correct past tense usage for other words ending in ‘a’.
(Taken from myenglishlanguage.com).
The options they suggested are:
They even put that to a vote!
The trouble is, to me, none of them look right. The nearest might be Rota’d, but then that’s an incorrect use of an apostrophe, arrgghhh. [Head against brick wall time] In the end, I gave up and chose Rostered instead. It saved me more of a headache, lol.
What about you? Have you come across words that you just cannot place into past-tense form? Like me, do you switch-out words for simpler ones when you get stuck and Google can’t help? Do any of you know of a definitive past participle for Rota? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
©Harmony Kent, 2019