Skied or Skiied – What’s the Past Tense of "Ski"?
Skied or Skiied – What’s the Past Tense of "Ski"?
Writing the past tense of “ski” is a matter of doubt for most people; you may find it written in two different ways: “skied” and “skiied”. However, only one of them is correct. If you have ever questioned yourself this, keep on reading and the doubt will definitely be cleared.
Skied or Skiied – What’s the Past Tense of “Ski”?
To spell the past tense of “ski” correctly, you just need to add “ed” and write “skied”. This is because the verb “ski” is regular. “Skiied”, on the other hand, is an incorrect spelling. “Skiied” is not an English word.
Although the difference between them is just one letter, “skiied” is a misspelling of the word. Therefore, it is not an interchangeable word or synonym for “skied”.
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“Skied” is the past tense of the verb “ski”, which means to move or slide over snow on a pair of skis. The sport is called “skiing”. “Ski” is a regular verb; therefore, to use this verb in the past, you just need to add “ed” and say “skied”.
We visited the Cambridge Dictionary, to find the definitions of “ski” and encountered that the word can be used as a noun and also as a verb. As a verb, “ski” is the action of “skiing” and “skied” is its simple past form.
Let’s see how to use the past tense verb “skied” correctly in a sentence.
- I have never skied in my life because I believe it is a way too dangerous sport.
- It was one of the first times I’d been skiing, so by the time I skied down the slope, everyone had already arrived.
- I have a group of friends who go skiing every long weekend, however, as for myself, I have never skied in my life and I still don’t intend to do so.
- When the couple reached the peak of the mountain, they first rested for a while and enjoyed the breathtaking view, and then they skied down until they arrived at the cabin they had rented.
- Last winter vacations, we went camping with the family hoping to find a place where to ski. Fortunately, we found one and we skied for days.
- Jane learned how to ski when she was less than 10 years old, and since then she has skied almost every winter. However, she has never done so competitively.
- My friends trained for months to go on very difficult hiking and skiing trip. They have just come back and said they skied for kilometers.
“Skiied” is not an English word. It’s a very common misspelling of the word “skied”. “Skied” is the past tense of the word “ski”. Since it ends with an “i”, some people add another “i” to turn it into past tense. This is a common mistake that should be avoided.
To confirm this affirmation above, we went to the Cambridge Dictionary and typed “skiied”. As a result, we were offered different words with similar spellings because “skiied” isn’t a correct English word.
Let’s see now some incorrect examples with the word “skiied” in a sentence:
- Incorrect: I have never skiied in the Alps, but I did so in the Andes mountains.
- Incorrect: Peter has skiied hundreds of times and nothing bad ever happened to him, unlike George, who skiied just once and he broke an arm.
- Incorrect: I have skiied very few times in my life and I cannot say I didn’t enjoy it.
- Incorrect: I asked Rachel if she enjoyed skiing for the first time during her vacations and she told me that she skiied all day long every single day.
- Incorrect: He used to train a lot for a ski competition last year, so he kept track of how many kilometers he skiied a day.
- Incorrect: The last time she skiied was last year and she says she cannot wait to do it again.
- Incorrect: He only skiied twice in his life because he got really scared of crashing against a tree.
Which Is Used the Most?
A great tool to check on a word’s popularity is Google Ngram Viewer. Let’s see then which information we can get for the words “skied” and “skiied”.
On one hand, since “skiied” is a misspelling and not a possible way of writing the verb, it was expected that we find it has been hardly used throughout the last century.
On the other hand, if we check the use of the word “skied”, we will find it has been used since the beginning of the twentieth century. We can notice there is a slight rise in the use of it in 1939 and that from 1970 onwards, the curve keeps on going up.
To write the past tense of the word “ski”, you just have to add “ed” to the verb and write “skied”. The reason for this is that it is a regular verb. The word “skiied”, on the other hand, is a misspelling of “skied” and shouldn’t be used.
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