Is ‘Inputted’ a Real Word?

Input is a nasty word. It looks so simple, starting with its original definition (our first meaning of input is “something put in”), but once you start digging it gets pretty messy. Is there a plural? inputand if so, it is input? To be entered a word? Why don’t we define input? (Okay, fine. No one really asked that last question. However.)

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In American English, the word is often considered a common noun.

Is the plural of the input “Input?”

Let’s look at the nouns first – you might have input? Yes, although in some cases it sounds odd. There are several senses of input which is always plural with one Ssuch as the location on electrical equipment where information or energy enters.

Depending on how many inputs and outputs you may need, they start around $50 and are available at audio-video supply stores.— George Gascon, Orlando GuardsDecember 19, 1987

For some of the other senses of inputsuch as “advice, opinion, comment”, may be more common, especially in American English, to treat the word as a common noun, a noun that would not be plural with a noun shared. S. However, there are some English variations that seem to be in the plural and when used in certain areas (such as economics) input may be encountered frequently.

“I have asked the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Law to pass on their input to you through the Minister in charge. While awaiting their input, I would like to urge LG to agree to this Bill,” wrote Deputy CM…— Hindus (Chennai, India), October 25, 2017

While there was an extensive series of meetings to ensure local communities and indigenous peoples contributed ideas to the COP21 agreement, the end result did not effectively reflect their urgent needs. .— Serina Rahman, New Straits Times (Kuala Lumpur), August 20, 2016

After all, on the one hand, China’s allied exporting countries are dealing with competitive pressures due to the undervalued yuan — and on the other, the Chinese state is pushing up everyone’s input prices. people up with their increasingly aggressive commoditization policies.— Cathy Holcombe, Wall Street Asia Magazine (Hong Kong), March 31, 2010

Input versus input

When dealing with verbs, the issue of how to handle the past participle is a contentious one, with much blood spilled on both sides. Some people feel that the past participle of input should be inputAre not enteredbased on the reason that the word comes from put, and we don’t say “he put the papers on the shelf.” A similar line of argument has prompted many to object that words like Broadcast should never be written as broadcastingsince cast part of the word remains unchanged with stress.

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We list both input And entered (And broadcasting!) as the past participle. We do this not because we like conflict, but because it represents how people normally use these words.

Thus, when revising an existing bill, technical advice may be sought on the feasibility of providing that once a work is imported and used for exempt purposes, it must be removed. removed from the machine and not allowed to remain there indefinitely.— “Copyright Amendment Computer related invoices,” Computers and HumanitiesSeptember 1967

Put is also a word not necessarily averse to –Editor past participle. When the verb is used in the sense of “to throw with an overhand push” (as in the motion made by pitchers) the past participle can be either put or Polish. And we know how much you love writing about putts, so welcome.

Barber hit 61-2 on Friday, while Mitchell’s distance was 57-7.— Ray Mitchell, sun guard (Fort Lauderdale, FL), May 8, 1990

If you don’t want to bother deciding between these different forms, you don’t have to and can safely use either way knowing that there is no consensus among some of the instructions. use checked the problem. In other words, you will probably offend someone no matter what you do. Welcome to the English language.

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