Bent versus Bended

What is the Difference Between Bended and Bent?


When to Use Bent

Bent is the past tense conjugation of the verb bend, which means to make something that is straight become curved, or vice versa.

Here are a few examples,

  • Ferdinand accidentally bent his sunglasses by sitting on them.
  • Callista put the metal rods into a giant press that bent them into the proper shape.

    As a past participle, bent can also fulfill the role of an adjective in sentences, like in this example,

  • Dennis noticed that his bicycle had a bent rim, so he took it to a repair shop.

    When to Use Bended

    Bended is an archaic form of the same word. It is considered outdated but has survived in the fixed phrase on bended knee, which describes a person who is kneeling.

    Summary

    Is it bended or bent? Bent is the past tense form of the verb bend, which means to make something straight become curved, or vice versa. Bended is an archaic form that has persisted in the idiom on bended knee but is nonstandard otherwise. Stick to bent in your own writing.

    To summarize,

    Bent is the correct past tense of to bend.

    Bended is an outdated construction that is only used in certain phrases.

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