Is it 'hanged out' or 'hung out' (past tense)?

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Jan 9, 2017

The Principal Parts of the verb "to Hang" are: hang, hung, hung.
Present Tense: hang
Simple Past Tense: hung
Past Participle (used with auxiliary verb "to Have"): hung.


Today, I hang an ornament on the tree.
Yesterday, I hung four more ornaments.
I have always hung most of the ornaments on the tree at Christmas.

"Hang" is an irregular verb. It does NOT take the ending "-ed" in most cases.

Here are three more examples from the site
Hang your hat here.
John hung his hat on the hat tree.
Many have hung from the gallows of the Old West.

It is correct to say:
I hung up the phone.
She hung the laundry out to dry.
Mark's colleagues at work hung him out to dry on the day of his big presentation.

" Hang" as used above is a transitive verb -- it takes a Direct Object.
You have to hang something (usually somewhere): hang up the phone, hang the laundry, hang your coat up on a hook, e.g.

Intransitive uses of "hang" include:
to hang out with a friend
to get hung up over something
[Slang or colloquial, but still correct.]

" Hanged " is a special case, as in to be Hanged :
He was hanged by the neck until dead.
He hanged himself in his cell.

Check out this page:
which states the following:

"Hanged, as a past tense and a past participle of hang, is used in the sense of “to put to death by hanging ... In all other senses of the word, hung is the preferred form as past tense and past participle, as in I hung my child’s picture above my desk."

"Pictures can be hung, but people are always hanged. It’s an odd quirk of the English language."