So my girlfriend and me were having an intense disagreement today. We mostly speak English together but none of us is an English native speaker. I've lived in the US for some time and she's spent some time in Canada however. Today I told her a story and when I was done, she said to me "babe, the past form of 'to beat' is also beat, pronounced the same way as the infinitive. You keep saying 'bet'". I tried to explain to her that in my opinion, both forms are possible. I personally say "beat" (past form) with the same sound like in the past form "read" or in the word "bet".
It's confusing to me because other times when I'm corrected I agree that I wasn't completely sure but this time I'm absolutely convinced I've heard my form both in movies and in real life uttered by native speakers. So what is it for you? Do you say beat (bi:t) or beat (bet)?
- beat (bi:t) like in "beet"Vote A
- beat (bet) as in "he rEAd a book yesterday"Vote B