Drank or Drunk

June 15th, 2023 in Grammar by April Michelle Davis 0

It’s not uncommon to hear people use “drank” and “drunk” interchangeably. However, there is actually a difference in how the two words are used.

“Drank” is the simple past tense of “drink,” whereas “drunk” is the past participle, which must be combined with an auxiliary verb. Remember: Simple past tense is something in the past, whereas the past participle is used when there are two occurrences in the past and the past participle is the one further in the past.

Example: I drank coffee in the café.

Example: The baby has drunk all of her milk.

Incorrect: I have drank the can of soda.