Plead vs pleaded

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I know that Microsoft agrees with the use of pleaded for the past tense of plead, however, I am unsure. I mean it seems that one would say plead (rhymes with led). After all one does not say "He readed me the book after he leaded me down the path".

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Consulting a reference such as http://dictionary.reference.com would help you.

English grammar can be very tricky. Both words are appropriately used based on the content of the rest of the sentence. The dictionary corrects the spelling indicating the proper use of pleaded or pled.

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  • philpl1jb
    Sorry, American English has these problems, here is the debate.  http://boaltalk.blogspot.com/2008/02/pleaded-v-pled.html Join in.  
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    The general proper word is 'pleaded', though 'pled' applies to some legal actions. It's unrelated to 'read' or 'lead' because it's based in the root word plea. There are no corresponding words rea or lea that 'read' and 'lead' would be based on, so the rules are different. -- Tom
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