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Is something "struck" from the record or "stricken" from the record?

Asked by occ (4036points) February 3rd, 2011

Present tense is strike – in the past is something struck or stricken?

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Ladymia69's avatar

I believe it would be “struck”...“stricken” would be if the record got syphilis.

marinelife's avatar

Stricken is the adjective form of the word. Struck is correct in the context that you used.

submariner's avatar

That’s like burned vs. burnt . Both are correct, but struck is the usual past participle in contemporary US usage. Stricken from the record is idiomatic, but not incorrect.

harple's avatar

You can request that something be struck from the record in order to get rid of it. My understanding is that it could then be referred to as having been stricken from the record…. (I’m British though, and we seem to frequently follow different rules…)

the100thmonkey's avatar

Strike – Struck – Struck/Stricken

bare infinitive/present simple form – past simple form – past participle forms

As @ladymia69, and @submariner suggest, the form “stricken” is more likely when the collocating adjectives are to do with illness of some kind.

iamthemob's avatar

In your example – stricken is going to be the accepted form. You’re asking, I believe, for the form when it has been completed, and you’re referring to the document (not what a person did to it).

So – “It has been stricken from the record.”

If you’re talking about the action of a person:

“He struck it from the record.”

Jeruba's avatar

It’s struck from the record.

You’re stricken with a condition such as poverty or disease.

iamthemob's avatar

Talking about documents or records is the exception – I think the difference is subtle – but in legal language we do say that the statement has been stricken from the record to discuss the state of the statement. “He struck the statement from the record – thereafter the statement was stricken from the record.”

But it really can be either – I believe that you’ll only called out for using stricken if you’re using it in the active rather than passive construction – see the difference in a legal opinion here (where stricken is used in the summary while struck is used in the main text) and this discussion.

CaptainHarley's avatar

I have to agree with @iamthemob ( GASP! ), “stricken” is the most common usage of the word in this instance.

YARNLADY's avatar

This is struck – so it has been stricken

Jeruba's avatar

Commonness is not usually the most reliable guide to accuracy.

iamthemob's avatar

@Jeruba – depends on whether your more of a corpus grammar person. ;-)

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