1. dillseed

    dillseed Active Member

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    struck vs. stricken

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by dillseed, May 27, 2014.

    Do these look right? Which are definitely incorrect?

    •The judge ordered that it be stricken (not 'struck') from the record.
    •He was stricken with (not 'stricken by') cancer. [Or is 'stricken by cancer' correct, too?]
    •She was stricken with guilt.
    •She was stricken by guilt.
    •Lightning struck the tree.
    •Lightning had struck the tree.
    •Lightning has struck the tree.

    Thank you. :)
     
  2. stevesh

    stevesh Banned Contributor

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    I would write 'stricken by' in the cases of cancer and guilt (if I used the word at all, which I probably wouldn't). The rest look right to me.
     
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    Stricken is used in adjectival function: A stricken heart. Be stricken with fever. Be stricken in years. Fever-stricken, poverty-stricken...
     
  4. dillseed

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    Thank you. :)
     

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