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sprain / sprained / sprained


So inflected. An erroneous "sprang" sometimes springs up -- e.g.:

o "A Web site has been created on the Internet for people to send quick get-well wishes to Kerri Strug, who sprang [read 'sprained'] her ankle Tuesday night." Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 25 July 1996, at A1 (photo caption).

o "'I sprang [read “sprained”] my ankle twice dancing to karaoke,' McCormick says." Thomas Ropp, "Couple Share Curse of the Karaoke," Ariz. Republic, 16 Dec. 1996, at C1.

Of course, "sprang" is the correct past-tense form of the verb "spring."

Source: Garner's Modern American Usage

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