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What is the Past Tense of the Verb "Forgo"?

What is the past tense of the verb, "forgo"? The present/future tense is easy: "I am forgoing dessert, thank you" or "I intend to forgo dessert at dinner tonight." But what is the PAST tense of the verb, "forgo"?

"Last night at dinner I (?) dessert." Forgoed? Forwent? Neither of those seem correct. So what IS it?

Note: Do not confuse "forgo" (to do without) with "forego" (to precede or go ahead of). We are only talking about the verb, "forgo" here.
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it's forewent

the past participle is foregone

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What is the past tense of the verb, "forgo"? The present/future tense is easy: "I am forgoing dessert, thank you" or "I intend to forgo dessert at dinner tonight." But what is the PAST tense of the verb, "forgo"?

"Last night at dinner I (?) dessert." Forgoed? Forwent? Neither of those seem correct. So what IS it?

Note: Do not confuse "forgo" (to do without) with "forego" (to precede or go ahead of). We are only talking about the verb, "forgo" here.


Who skips dessert...? lol





When you aren't sure how to articulate the proper tense, it is usually best to communicate by choosing a different way of saying the same thing... (such as I skipped dessert.)


Jill is right, though... it's forewent. Sounds awkward to say even though it's correct.

Forewent | Define Forewent at Dictionary.com
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The answer of forewent is a foregone conclusion.
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What is the past tense of the verb, "forgo"? The present/future tense is easy: "I am forgoing dessert, thank you" or "I intend to forgo dessert at dinner tonight." But what is the PAST tense of the verb, "forgo"?

"Last night at dinner I (?) dessert." Forgoed? Forwent? Neither of those seem correct. So what IS it?

Note: Do not confuse "forgo" (to do without) with "forego" (to precede or go ahead of). We are only talking about the verb, "forgo" here.


Who skips dessert...? lol





When you aren't sure how to articulate the proper tense, it is usually best to communicate by choosing a different way of saying the same thing... (such as I skipped dessert.)


Jill is right, though... it's forewent. Sounds awkward to say even though it's correct.

Forewent | Define Forewent at Dictionary.com
You win the prize! (I had already scoped this one out - just wanted to see what a few of you might have to say.)

Yes, technically, "forewent" is correct. But most authorities (at least the ones I saw) side with you, Valerie - that "forewent," while technically correct, is awkward at best. Believe it or not, using a substitute word or phrase is the best way to go. Hence, "I skipped dessert," as opposed to "I forewent dessert."

I know I certainly would use the former, as opposed to the latter.
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Quote: Originally Posted by George Costanza View Post
What is the past tense of the verb, "forgo"? The present/future tense is easy: "I am forgoing dessert, thank you" or "I intend to forgo dessert at dinner tonight." But what is the PAST tense of the verb, "forgo"?

"Last night at dinner I (?) dessert." Forgoed? Forwent? Neither of those seem correct. So what IS it?

Note: Do not confuse "forgo" (to do without) with "forego" (to precede or go ahead of). We are only talking about the verb, "forgo" here.
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it's forewent

the past participle is foregone

forego - Wiktionary
Or foregone.
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What is the past tense of the verb, "forgo"? The present/future tense is easy: "I am forgoing dessert, thank you" or "I intend to forgo dessert at dinner tonight." But what is the PAST tense of the verb, "forgo"?

"Last night at dinner I (?) dessert." Forgoed? Forwent? Neither of those seem correct. So what IS it?

Note: Do not confuse "forgo" (to do without) with "forego" (to precede or go ahead of). We are only talking about the verb, "forgo" here.

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What is the past tense of the verb, "forgo"? The present/future tense is easy: "I am forgoing dessert, thank you" or "I intend to forgo dessert at dinner tonight." But what is the PAST tense of the verb, "forgo"?

"Last night at dinner I (?) dessert." Forgoed? Forwent? Neither of those seem correct. So what IS it?

Note: Do not confuse "forgo" (to do without) with "forego" (to precede or go ahead of). We are only talking about the verb, "forgo" here.


Who skips dessert...? lol





When you aren't sure how to articulate the proper tense, it is usually best to communicate by choosing a different way of saying the same thing... (such as I skipped dessert.)


Jill is right, though... it's forewent. Sounds awkward to say even though it's correct.

Forewent | Define Forewent at Dictionary.com
You win the prize! (I had already scoped this one out - just wanted to see what a few of you might have to say.)

Yes, technically, "forewent" is correct. But most authorities (at least the ones I saw) side with you, Valerie - that "forewent," while technically correct, is awkward at best. Believe it or not, using a substitute word or phrase is the best way to go. Hence, "I skipped dessert," as opposed to "I forewent dessert."

I know I certainly would use the former, as opposed to the latter.


I was gonna say...it always surprises me when someone posts a thread like this since the answer is so easily retrievable on the Google! lol
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What is the past tense of the verb, "forgo"? The present/future tense is easy: "I am forgoing dessert, thank you" or "I intend to forgo dessert at dinner tonight." But what is the PAST tense of the verb, "forgo"?

"Last night at dinner I (?) dessert." Forgoed? Forwent? Neither of those seem correct. So what IS it?

Note: Do not confuse "forgo" (to do without) with "forego" (to precede or go ahead of). We are only talking about the verb, "forgo" here.


Who skips dessert...? lol





When you aren't sure how to articulate the proper tense, it is usually best to communicate by choosing a different way of saying the same thing... (such as I skipped dessert.)


Jill is right, though... it's forewent. Sounds awkward to say even though it's correct.

Forewent | Define Forewent at Dictionary.com

Jill is always right - it gets tiresome!!!
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