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Josiah T.
Posted at: May 27, 2008 at 9:39 AM 
What's the past tense of "troubleshoot?" Is it "troubleshooted?" "Troubleshot?" ;-) :-P

Douglas
Posted at: May 27, 2008 at 10:39 AM 
I think I would avoid using it altogether if possible.

Yesterday I troubleshot the computer.
Yesterday I was troubleshooting the computer.

It's actually a different verb tense (one of our grammarians can probably tell you what the name of the tense is) - it generally describes an ongoing past action (I was troubleshooting the computer when the phone rang), but you may be able to use it, depending on your context.

You can also check dictionary.com to see what they list.

Douglas
Posted at: May 27, 2008 at 10:41 AM 
I decided Sunday that I've been doing too much proofreading lately. In church the scripture passage was from Job, and depending on your translation, God says to Satan "Where do you come from?"

My first thought: Oh no! God ended His sentence with a preposition!

Josiah T.
Posted at: May 27, 2008 at 11:05 AM 
ROFL!!!!!

You know what "puzzle" means in literal translation to French?



Head breaker
~Edited by Josiah T., May 27, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Josiah T.
Posted at: May 27, 2008 at 11:05 AM 
oops, double post, heh heh...


Need a feature to delete posts on the forum...:P
~Edited by Josiah T., May 27, 2008 at 11:06 AM

Scribbler
Posted at: May 30, 2009 at 5:01 AM 
New compound words added to English sound awkward in the past tense because we tend to want to use 'ed'. I suppose it will sort itself out in time.

Yesterday I troubleshot the computer. ----------- Simple past
Yesterday I was troubleshooting the computer. ----------Past continuous




Scribbler
Posted at: May 30, 2009 at 5:06 AM 
I think the preposition rule is there to break.
An example of a sentence where there is no other way of rewording to avoid a prepostion at the end is:
The alternative didn't bear thinking about. (Oxford Everyday Grammar)
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