tore vs torn : Common Errors in English

About tore vs torn

Is the road in front of your house “all tore up”? In some dialects that’s what people say. But for standard English speakers what happens to stuff is that it gets torn up. That guy who tore up your love letter left you feeling torn up.

tore Meaning(s)

  • (n) a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands
  • (n) an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart
  • (n) an occasion for excessive eating or drinking
  • (n) the act of tearing
  • (v) separate or cause to separate abruptly
  • (v) to separate or be separated by force
  • (v) move quickly and violently
  • (v) strip of feathers
  • (v) fill with tears or shed tears
  • (n) commonly the lowest molding at the base of a column

torn Meaning(s)

  • (n) a drop of the clear salty saline solution secreted by the lacrimal glands
  • (n) an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart
  • (n) an occasion for excessive eating or drinking
  • (n) the act of tearing
  • (v) separate or cause to separate abruptly
  • (v) to separate or be separated by force
  • (v) move quickly and violently
  • (v) strip of feathers
  • (v) fill with tears or shed tears
  • (s) having edges that are jagged from injury
  • (s) disrupted by the pull of contrary forces

tore in News

  1. Serbia may be on cusp of mining revival after years of decline

    By Aleksandar Vasovic and Stephen Eisenhammer BOR, Serbia/LONDON (Reuters) - Serbia's mining sector, stagnant since the wars that tore Yugoslavia apart in the early 1990s, looks set for a revival as volatile commodity prices increase the allure of countries in Europe with established infrastructure and skilled labor. Once home to a core copper and gold mining facility for the former Yugoslavia ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. NFL news: Victor Butler tears ACL; Tarvaris Jackson returning to Seahawks

    New Orleans Saints linebacker Victor Butler tore his ACL and will likely miss the entirety of the upcoming season . Butler joined the Saints as a free agent this offseason, signing a two-year contract. Unfortunately for New Orleans, Butler was in line for a starting role and now they have a hole at the position. That was the biggest news of Wednesday, though there's plenty more you might have ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: SB Nation

  3. Arthur Payne knocked out girlfriend's teeth, tore out chunks of hair, police report says

    Arthur Payne, a trained fighter accused of severely beating his live-in girlfriend, knocked out four of her front teeth and tore out chunks of her hair in a fight that led to his arrest in April, according to an arrest report obtained by MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Kalamazoo Gazette

torn in News

  1. Losing Victor Butler creates issues for Saints

    Torn ACL forces New Orleans to seek options at outside linebacker
    on June 13, 2013 Source: National Football Post via Yahoo! Sports

  2. AP source: MRI shows torn ACL for Saints' Butler - WXVT-TV Delta News - More Local News and Weather WXVT.com |

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says an MRI indicates that New Orleans outside linebacker Victor Butler has a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but that it is too early to speculate on whether he will miss the whole season.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: WXVT 15 Greenville

  3. AP source: MRI shows torn ACL for Saints' Butler

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- An MRI indicates that New Orleans outside linebacker Victor Butler has a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but it is too early to speculate on whether he will miss the whole season, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports

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