What is the past tense of the phrasal verb "kick off"?
Yolanda wrote, "Today I saw this on a website: '[Anonymous City Name to protect the author of the press releas Business Energy Program Kickoffed on February 2.'
'Kickoffed'? Really? Help!"
Ack! When it's used as a verb, "kick off" is written as two words, and the correct past tense is "kicked off."
- The red team kicked off yesterday at noon.
- Bob was kicked off the committee after he wrote "kickoffed" on the website.
Verbs like this are called phrasal verbs because they are verb units that include more than one word--they are phrases that act like verbs. Here are more examples:
"cheer up" (past tense "cheered up")
"log on" (past tense "logged on")
"make up" (past tense "made up")
"run away" (past tense "ran away")
Note that all these phrasal verbs end with prepositions. You're often dealing with a phrasal verb when you find it difficult to avoid ending a sentence with a preposition.
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