The word “stucked” in English

by Jakub Marian

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Sometimes you may hear non-native English speakers and English-speaking children say that “something is stucked somewhere”. However, there is no such word as “stucked” in English. It is just a common mistake caused by the fact that the past participle of “stick” ends with a consonant other than “d”, “t” or “n”, which is very uncommon, even among irregular verbs. Nonetheless, the only correct form is “stuck”:

The key is stuck in the lock. (correct)
The key is stucked in the lock. (wrong)

Saying that something is “stucked” is the same kind of error as saying that a glass of water was “drunked” or that your shirt has “shrunked” (the correct forms are “drunk” and “shrunk”, respectively).

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