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Hanged vs Hung


Hanged vs Hung. The hung jury’s decision was overruled by the judge and the defendant was hanged to death. Don’t get hung up on writing errors, use ErrNET!

Hanged is a verb that means to kill (someone) by tying a rope attached from above around the neck and removing the support from beneath (used as a form of capital punishment); to be killed by hanging.

Hung is the past participle of the verb “hang”, which means to suspend or be suspended from above with the lower part dangling free; attach or be attached to a wall; attach or be attached so as to allow free movement about the point of attachment; remain static in the air; (computing) to come or cause to come unexpectedly to a state in which no further operations can be carried out.
Hung as an adjective is (of a jury) unable to agree on a verdict.

Hanged and hung are two of the most frequently misused words in the English language. The most common mistake between these words is spelling “hanged” as “hung”. ErrNET copyediting technology will not allow you to make this mistake in your writing!

Hanged sentence examples:

Most outlaws in the Wild West were hanged to death once they were apprehended.

I think being hanged to death for execution would be very painful.

The depressed teen unfortunately hanged herself.

The recently convicted criminal could not handle the thought of life imprisonment so he hanged himself in his prison cell.

The Nazi’s hanged thousands of innocent civilians in public to humiliate the enemy and instill fear and power.

Hung sentence examples:

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care” is a line from the popular Christmas story “The Night Before Christmas.”

He hung a huge picture in his living room to cover the bare wall in his apartment.

No one could believe that the trial resulted in a hung jury because there was so much compelling evidence to convict the defendant.

“I’ve already cleaned my room and hung my clothes in my closet,” said the daughter to her nagging mother.

The father hung a piñata from the tree in the front yard for his daughter’s tenth birthday.


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