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Jan 8 2009   1:13AM GMT

Writing for Business – dived, dove

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Which is correct?

As soon as I got the assignment, I ______ in.
a. dived
b. dove

Answer: Both A and B are correct.

Some grammar experts believe that the only acceptable past-tense form of the verb dive is dived. In recent years, however dove — which is commonly used in speech — has made its way into the dictionary and is deemed by most style guides to be an acceptable word choice for written English.

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  • Jaeo
    I have to say I was surprised on this one -- I didn't think "dived" was used anywhere. I've always heard and seen "dove." But I guess that's the British-Canadian standard.
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