Ring, Rang, Rung
“Has the bell rung?” I asked a third-grade teacher this morning at school drop-off. I vaguely remember her telling me the bell had sounded, but I confess I was not entirely focused on her response, because I was preoccupied with a moment of panic—was rung the proper word choice?
Now that I’ve collected my thoughts, I realize that rung is right.
So that you won’t fumble with ring, rang, and rung, just remember:
The word ring is used for the present tense.
The word rang is used for the past tense.
The word rung is used for the past participle form—used with has or had.
Did the bell ring?—present
The bell rang.—past
The bell has rung.—past participle
Or in my case:
Has the bell rung?—past participle