The past simple and the past participle of hang

Conjugation of the verb hang:

Base Form/Infinitive without 'to':


Past Simple:


Past Partciple:


Present Partciple:


Third Person Singular:



1. To suspend or be suspended from above without support from below.
2. To spend time idly.
3. To be executed.

The past simple and past participle form hanged is reserved for people being suspended by a rope around the neck until dead (i.e., meaning N° 3). For meanings N° 1 & 2, the form hung is used.


1. Why don't we hang the picture on the wall?
I hung the washing out to dry.
Please, hang your coat on the rack over there.
2. She spent the day hanging with her friend.
3. He was hanged for murderer.

Similar verbs

The irregular verbs in the table below have the same pattern as hang. They are:

- Verbs with 'u' in the past simple and past participle.
- Verbs like 'cling, clung, clung'.

Verb Simple past Past Participle
cling clung clung
dig dug dug
fling flung flung
hang hung/hanged hung/hanged
sling slung slung
slink slunk slunk
sneak snuck/sneaked snuck/sneaked
spin spun/span spun
sting stung stung
string strung strung
swing swung swung
wring wrung wrung