Burst versus Bursted

What is the Difference Between Burst and Bursted?


When to Use Burst

Burst is a verb that means to pop or explode. The word burst forms many tenses of this verb in the past, present, and future.

Here are a few examples,

  • Olivia used her bubble wand to fill the backyard with bubbles, which burst when they hit the pine trees.

  • The dot com bubble had already burst by the time Evelyn was old enough to buy a cell phone.

  • The infection caused Kendra to break out in painful sores, which burst when scratched.

    When to Use Bursted

    Although bursted is not a word in English, some writers erroneously use it as a past tense or past participle for burst.

    Summary

    Is it burst or bursted? Burst is a verb that means to pop or explode. The word burst is used when conjugating this verb into past, present, and future tenses.

    Burst is the correct past tense of this verb.

    Bursted is never used; it is an incorrect conjugation.

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