shook vs shaken :

shook or shaken

Elvis Presley couldn’t have very well sung “I’m all shaken up,” but that is the grammatically correct form. “Shook” is the simple past tense of “shake,” and quite correct in sentences like “I shook my piggy bank but all that came out was a paper clip.” But in sentences with a helping verb, you need “shaken”: “The quarterback had shaken the champagne bottle before emptying it on the coach.”

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Definitions

  • n  a disassembled barrel; the parts packed for storage or shipment
  • v  move or cause to move back and forth
    The chemist shook the flask vigorously
  • v  move with or as if with a tremor
    his hands shook
  • v  shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively
  • v  move back and forth or sideways
  • v  undermine or cause to waver
    The bad news shook her hopes
  • v  stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
    These stories shook the community
    the civil war shook the country
  • v  get rid of
  • v  bring to a specified condition by or as if by shaking
  • v  shake (a body part) to communicate a greeting, feeling, or cognitive state
    She shook her finger at the naughty students
    The old enemies shook hands

  • v  move or cause to move back and forth
  • v  move with or as if with a tremor
  • v  shake or vibrate rapidly and intensively
  • v  move back and forth or sideways
  • v  undermine or cause to waver
    my faith has been shaken
  • v  stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
  • v  get rid of
  • v  bring to a specified condition by or as if by shaking
    He was shaken from his dreams
  • v  shake (a body part) to communicate a greeting, feeling, or cognitive state
  • s  disturbed psychologically as if by a physical jolt or shock
    the accident left her badly shaken
News & Articles

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    MEXICO CITY, June 16 (UPI) -- A 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook Mexico early Sunday, knocking out power and cell phone service in parts of Mexico City, officials said.
    June 16, 2013 - UPI
  • US Open Golf 2013: Day 3 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More
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    June 16, 2013 - Bleacher Report
  • Springfield Township High School students take music to Woodmere Art Museum
    Sophomore Sean Ellis’ hands shook subtly. “I’m very nervous,” the baritone, from Springfield Township High School, admitted with a grin as his friends and fellow musicians laughed good-naturedly. However, Ellis’ confident, expressive performance of “Make Them Hear You” from the musical “Ragtime” at Springfield’s chamber recital masked any unease he felt and received hearty applause.
    June 13, 2013 - Springfield Sun

  • Condé Nast Shakes up Glamour Leadership
    Condé Nast has shaken up its longstanding publishing leadership at Glamour, historically its most profitable brand but one that’s seen unevenness in recent years. Former InStyle and Vogue sales exec Connie Anne Phillips was named vp, publisher, replacing veteran publisher Bill Wackermann. Wackermann, a polarizing figure but one known for his showmanship and repositioning expertise, has led ...
    June 17, 2013 - AdWeek
  • Syria TV: Explosion in western Damascus district
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state TV and residents say an explosion has shaken a Damascus neighborhood that houses several embassies and a military airport.
    June 16, 2013 - Associated Press via Yahoo! News
  • Two shaken up in Oxford plane crash
    The pilot and passenger of a small plane were badly shaken but not seriously injured Thursday when their craft landed in an Oxford wheat field.
    June 13, 2013 - WRAL.com Raleigh