shined vs shone : Common Errors in English

About shined vs shone

The transitive form of the verb “shine” is ”shined.” If the context describes something shining on something else, use “shined”: “He shined his flashlight on the skunk eating from the dog dish.” You can remember this because another sense of the word meaning “polished” obviously requires “shined”: “I shined your shoes for you.”When the shining is less active, many people would use “shone”: “The sun shone on the tomato plants all afternoon.” But some authorities prefer “shined” even in this sort of context: “The sun shined on the tomato plants all afternoon.”If the verb is intransitive (lacks an object) and the context merely speaks of the act of shining, the past tense is definitely “shone”: “The sun shone all afternoon” (note that nothing is said here about the sun shining on anything).

shone Meaning(s)

  • (n) the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
  • (v) be bright by reflecting or casting light
  • (v) emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light
  • (v) be shiny, as if wet
  • (v) be distinguished or eminent
  • (v) be clear and obvious
  • (v) have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink
  • (v) throw or flash the light of (a lamp)
  • (v) touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly
  • (v) experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion
  • (v) make (a surface) shine

shined in News

  1. Omaha stage resonates with current big leaguers

    The 67th College World Series begins Saturday. It's an event with a storied history, and much of that recent history features current Major Leaguers who shined on college baseball's biggest stage.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Major League Baseball

  2. All News

    It was an illuminating day at Belmont Park. The sun came out, and the light went on. After a storm pummeled the area Friday, the sun shined bright on the old New York home of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday afternoon. And Palace Malice added to the ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Daily Racing Form

  3. How to Tap Dance Around Illegal Interview Questions

    You've submitted a stellar résumé and shined in your phone screen interview. You've prepared stories and crafted questions that will demonstrate your skills and accomplishments when you meet the hiring manager face to face. You know in your heart that, if given the opportunity, you have the ability to succeed at the job you'll discuss. You're set to knock the ball out of the park.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: U.S.News & World Report LP via Yahoo! News

shone in News

  1. Tracy Letts shines at Tony Awards, generates heat in Hollywood

    NEW YORK -- The Tony Awards shone a spotlight Sunday night on an accomplished actor with a film pedigree who this season anchored a stage drama about love and death.        
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. French Open 2013: 8 Lessons Learned at Roland Garros

    Each of the four tennis majors starts with plenty of questions and ends with at least tentative answers.  Now that the 2013 French Open lies behind us, we can look back at the main lessons learned from the two weeks in Paris. Some contenders sizzled, others fizzled and a handful of less familiar stars shone. After the chaos of the first week, the second week offered a series of more coherent ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Bleacher Report

  3. James Turner: The climate-change guilt trip

    A friend recently returned from a camping trip in the Sierra Nevada. His eyes shone as he described the opalescent sky, the vitality of wildlife in spring and the fun he'd had playing with his two young daughters during the mellow evenings. It had been a really good trip, an experience to treasure, he said.
    on June 9, 2013 Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal

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