Template talk:en-past of

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Use this template to show the simple definition for an entry that is the past tense or past participle inflection of a primary entry.

For most past tense entries, use in the definition line:

# {{en-past of| }}

E.g., on "lionized":

# {{past of|lionize}}


  1. simple past tense and past participle of lionize

Note that users can customize how the output of this template displays by modifying their monobook.css files. See “Form of” templates for details.


This template is not language specific, but, if used with the lang parameter the relevant category can be applied to the article in which the template is included.

lang = used to specify the langauge i.e. English, Scots etc.

An example:

For the English word clamored (simple past and past participle of clamor):

{{past of|clamor|lang=English}}

This would place the article clamored in category:English simple past forms & category:English past participles


Past participle[edit]

This shouldn't be included in this template. {past and past participle of} would be better, but the past participle should be listed on a separate line anyways. DAVilla 01:15, 14 August 2006 (UTC)

inflected form[edit]

As some point in the deep dark past history of this template, I remember it using the inflected form, if the target exists. Is there some reason someone took out the "to " from this template? Perhaps I should have checked first - I hope it wasn't me. Admittedly, it seems very hard to have the "to " also be part of the wikified text (which it should?) --Connel MacKenzie 02:30, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Yes the to should be there always in English as should the a for Romanian, and I forget what word for Icelandic. The whole lot including the to should be italicized but the to should not be wikified. I was just about to add it myself but despit being a good computer programmer I can't figure out this template wizardry at all! )-: — Hippietrail 20:15, 20 April 2007 (UTC)
Example of to wikify

no dot parameter[edit]

Some templates like this (I don't remember which) have a no dot parameter, which can be set to suppress the closing period. This enables the template to appear in a sentence, which I have found useful for entries that need some clarification, for example, which etymology the lemma form is. If someone has the time and knowledge, I'd be obliged. DCDuring TALK 16:33, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

Hmmm. It seems to have a nodot parameter. Time to clean my screen and recheck. DCDuring TALK 16:35, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

Parameter for pointing into a page[edit]

Is there a parameter for pointing into a page? Example: template past of is used in deserted to generate "Simple past tense and past participle of desert.". The link is to the page for desert, http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/desert, but it would be better if the output from the template could point to the section for the verb on that page, http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/desert#Verb --Mortense 16:13, 21 May 2011 (UTC)

Perhaps it should always point to the #verb section, even if there is no other section. Then you wouldn't need to change anything. SemperBlotto 16:50, 21 May 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, some 3 years later, how about it ? That is, point to the #Verb anchor, instead of to the #English one ? Pretty please ? Or else remove the edit protection restriction and let us commoners edit the source ourselves. --Jerome Potts (talk) 02:50, 25 April 2014 (UTC)
There is no guarantee that #Verb will lead to the right section. #English always will, on the other hand. —CodeCat 03:11, 25 April 2014 (UTC)
Is there much of an argument for staggering the anchor names to reflect indentation, so that it would be #EnglishVerb, #EnglishNoun, #FrenchVerb, etc? Equinox 21:02, 18 June 2014 (UTC)
If the software supported it, sure. Then we could do that for any language. —CodeCat 21:07, 18 June 2014 (UTC)
In what circumstances would #Verb not point to the English Verb section? According to Wiktionary:About_English#Special_treatment for words in multiple languages, English will always be listed first (except for Translingual), so #Verb will always point to the English one. See, for example man#Verb. I've opened a discussion on this at the Grease pit. JesseW (talk) 02:09, 5 July 2016 (UTC)

Not only past tense but also present and future passive voice![edit]

Will any administrator please amend this

simple past and past participle of

into a more accurate and rarelier misleading

simple past and passive and past participle of?

Thanks 2003:44:CE18:4D00:89:4A52:6178:20CF 20:59, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

In English grammar, the past participle is understood to be passive for some verbs. However, it's not necessarily always passive. For example, there is no passive meaning in fallen or in laughed. —CodeCat 21:09, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

RFDO discussion: June 2014–June 2015[edit]

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Template:en-past of

Per WT:RFDO#Template:definite and plural of. This is the same principle, just the template is more widely used. Two definitions, two lines. Not combined onto one line.

It would be very easy to replace this by bot. Quick, no; easy, yes. Renard Migrant (talk) 16:25, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Keep. Common practice for language-specific templates is very different from general ones. Language-specific templates can and should cater to the specific needs of that one language, that's why we have them. —CodeCat 17:07, 5 June 2014 (UTC)
KEEP per me too. Ready Steady Yeti (talk) 01:54, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Kept but admin needs to remove RFD tag --Type56op9 (talk) 23:14, 2 June 2015 (UTC)