shrunk vs shrank : Common Errors in English

About shrunk vs shrank

The simple past tense form of “shrink” is “shrank” and the past participle is “shrunk”; it should be “Honey, I Shrank the Kids,” not ”Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” (Thanks a lot, Disney.)“Honey, I've shrunk the kids” would be standard, and also grammatically acceptable is “Honey, I've shrunken the kids” (though deplorable from a child-rearing point of view).

shrunk Meaning(s)

  • (n) a physician who specializes in psychiatry
  • (v) wither, as with a loss of moisture
  • (v) draw back, as with fear or pain
  • (v) reduce in size; reduce physically
  • (v) become smaller or draw together
  • (v) decrease in size, range, or extent

shrank Meaning(s)

  • (n) a physician who specializes in psychiatry
  • (v) wither, as with a loss of moisture
  • (v) draw back, as with fear or pain
  • (v) reduce in size; reduce physically
  • (v) become smaller or draw together
  • (v) decrease in size, range, or extent

shrunk in News

  • Newspaper hopes for sunshine

    36 solar panels installed to power the printing plant Every day you see blue sky over Smith River, the Del Norte Triplicate is saving a considerable sum on the electricity bill at its printing plant. The newspaper recently installed 36 solar panels behind the plant at 200 Timber Blvd., and since they were activated, average daily electricity costs have shrunk from $38 to $23, said Triplicate ...
    on June 15, 2013 Source: The Daily Triplicate

shrank in News

  1. Celebrating the life of a champion for the voiceless

    Marianne Genetti wasn't the sort of woman who shrank from a challenge. And that meant she wasn't always the most popular person in the room.        
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Orlando Sentinel

  2. Government Cuts Orange Forecast By 3 Percent

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday shrank the 2012-13 Florida orange crop by another 4 million boxes, too late to affect the current season but setting up a growers' market for 2013-14.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Lakeland Ledger

  3. A 'dark day' for freedom of expression in Russia

    The space for free expression in Russia shrank further today after the State Duma in Moscow passed two new bills aimed at stamping out minority views. June 11, 2013 International The space for free expression in Russia shrank further today after the State Duma in Moscow passed two new bills aimed at stamping out minority views, Amnesty International said. Within hours of each other, the country ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Amnesty International

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