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    Woke vs. Awoke

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by aikoaiko, Jul 18, 2014.

    This might be a stupid question, but what is the proper usage for 'Woke' vs. 'Awoke'?

    Would it be correct to say: "I woke the next morning."
    or "I awoke the next morning." :confused:

    The first sounds better to me, but I think I've seen it both ways.
     
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    It should be "I woke up..." because the way you have it now sounds archaic. Other than that, they're equivalent in this context. But consider something like "I woke him up." You wouldn't say "I awoke him." So in that context, there is a difference.
     
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    They're interchangeable, but have different surrounding syntax that can go with them.

    I woke the next morning. (Sounds a little twee to this Yank, but it's technically correct.)
    I awoke the next morning.
    I woke up the next morning.
    I awoke up the next morning.
    I woke him from a sound sleep.
    I awoke him from a sound sleep.
    Don't wake the baby.
    Don't awake the baby.

    ETA: There's a whole group of words that show the same or similar pattern of syntax change with the /a/ prefix (originally indicative of the perfective aspect):

    wake/awake
    rouse/arouse
    sleep/asleep
    fright-frighten/afraid (afeard)
     
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    Okay, great! That makes sense. Thanks for the clarification.:)
     

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