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Striped/striping vs stripped/stripping

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  • The words striped and striping are often confused with the words stripped and stripping. We will examine the difference between these two word pairs, where they came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

    Striped and striping are different tenses of the word stripe. When used as a verb, the word stripe means to draw stripes on something. A stripe is a long band that is different in texture or color from the area next to it. Note that when conjugating the verb  to stripe the last consonant is not doubled, as the vowel i in stripe is a long vowel.

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    Stripped and stripping are different tenses of the word strip. When used as a verb, the word strip means to remove a layer of something such as a paint finish or varnish, the blankets and sheets from a bed, one’s clothes, the bark of a tree, etc. Note that when conjugating the verb to strip the last consonant is doubled, as the vowel i in strip is a short vowel. Remember, the words striped and striping are conjugations of the word stripe, the words stripped and stripping are conjugations of the word strip.

    Examples

    The Massachusetts recreational striped bass limit is one fish, 28 inches or longer, but I decided to release the fish with hopes of keeping a bigger one. (The Patriot Ledger)

    This fall, a handful of designers are offering new takes on the classic design: Jessica Biales debuts a series of collegiate styles with enamel rugby stripes running across the face, while Elie Top channels a more medieval look, offering silver and 18-karat gold rings with a different stone accent for every element (carnelian for fire, green agate for water). (The New York Times)

    The Oxford City’s Council has approved the motion stripping Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi of ‘Freedom of Oxford’ award amid criticism of her response to the Rohingya crisis. (The News International)

    Rather than stripping them entirely clean before replastering, or even simply painting over them again, the Baileys decided to scrape. (Architectural Digest)

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