Question

What's the difference between "sang" and "sung" ?

Are the both past tense of to sing?

"I sang karaoke last night" and "I sung karaoke last night"

I'm a native English speaker. Both of these example sound correct to me, but I'd never say the second one.

Answer

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It's good that you would never use the second one because it is wrong. The conjugation of the verb sing is "sing, sang, sung."

Now I sing a song.

Yesterday I sang the same song.

Actually, I have sung the song many times.

Aug 2 at 16:23

Sang is the past tense form of the word sing. Sung is the past participle of the word sing.

Aug 2 at 20:9

Your instincts are right. "Sang" is the simple past tense; "sung" is the past participle. "I sang karaoke last night." "I had never sung karaoke before."

Actually, the American Heritage Dictionary gives "sung" as an alternate past tense form, but I still wouldn't use it that way. People probably won't correct you (so you won't have a chance to defend your usage by citing an authority), but they're likely to think you're not very well educated.

Aug 3 at 0:18

'Sang' is the past tense of sing, so it's correct in your example. 'Sung' you would use for example in 'the song was sung loudly'. I could be wrong - I'm sure someone will correct me if I am - but I think that's the subjunctive tense.

Aug 3 at 4:51

When using simple past tense statements, use sang. In more complex statements, use sung.

Example: The anthem was sung with strength and grace. He sang it as if the notes were springing from him as a new song.

Aug 3 at 9:46

One is simple past and one is past perfect.

I sang karaoke last night.

I have sung karaoke at that bar many times before.

Aug 3 at 15:4

Actually, Rhea, there is no difference.

(Well... only as much difference as...

for example: "right" & "correct")

You can trust me on that, because I

know about this.

Aug 3 at 20:45

Both are acceptable, it's the english language for you....chock full of slang words made into real words.

Did you know "ain't" is a real word...when it was previously not?

Aug 4 at 2:50