This set of rules can be a real stinker 🙂 …
Drink, drank, drunk. We went to a party. Did she drink all night? Yes, she drank most of the night. She might have drunk most of the evening. She surely had enough to drink that she became drunk!
Shrink, shrank, shrunk. We were doing laundry. Oh my, did his shirt shrink? Oops, yes, it shrank. we’ll be in big trouble when he finds out his shirt has shrunk. Guess we’ll just shrink away into the other room …
Sink, sank, sunk. We were watching a blockbuster movie the other night. Did the Titanic really sink? Oh yes, it sank. Do you think Leo would be such a big star if the ship had not sunk?
Stink, stank, stunk. We went to the gym. There was this stink. We tried to figure out what/who stank? We would have had a longer workout if it had not stunk so badly. Anything to get out of a (stinking) workout.
Now, some exceptions:
Blink – to open and close the eyes. Blinked.
- blank – having no marks; not filled in; an empty space; etc. Also, a great movie character with the first name Martin.
- blunk – no such word
Clink – to make a light, sharp ringing sound. Clinked.
- clank – a sharp hard sound
- clunk – to hit hard (esp. on the head)
Fink – an informer; strikebreaker; to inform to the police; squeal). Finked.
- fank – no such word
- funk – cowering fear; a dejected mood; a strong smell or stench
Ink – a fluid used for writing; a dark, protective fluid; publicity. Inked.
- ank – no such word
- unk – no such word
Link – to join or connect; a ring or separate piece of a chain. Linked.
- lank – lean, gaunt, thin
- lunk – lunk(head) – a dull or stupid person; blockhead
Wink – to close and open one eye quickly; twinkle. Winked.
- wank (clean slang) – a clever technique or one employing such
- wunk – no such word
Sync. Synced. (… not going here except to harmonize the Palm with the PC …)
Then, there’s this stand-out …
Think – to have a conscious mind; to conceive of something; etc.). Thought.
- thank – to express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgement to
- thunk – no such word
So, who’d have thunk it? We thank you for making us think of this topic today (wink, wink) instead of wanking (clean!). It doesn’t take a lank lunk to link most nouns with their pasts, and now, it’s inked. We’ve neen in a funk (listening to funk), or we would have caught the fink who finked to the Grammar Police. We thought we heard a clank, however, it must have been the clunk on the head that made us sit up, take notice, and clink our glasses in a toast. We hope, now, we have filled in the blank(s) for you … and, guess what, we did it in the blink of an eye.