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Weaved, Wove, and Woven

What Is the Difference between "Weaved," "Wove," and "Woven"?

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"Weaved," "wove," and "woven" are easy to confuse. The verb "to weave" has two meanings, and this is the root of the confusion because the past forms of each are different.

(1) Weave

When "weave" means to make material by joining threads, the past forms are "wove" and "woven." For example:

(2) Weave

When "weave" means to move in and out, the past forms are both "weaved." For example:
  • They weaved in and out of the cones. correct tick
  • (This is the simple past tense of "to weave" in this meaning.)
  • They have weaved in and out of the cones. correct tick
  • (This is the past passive participle of "to weave" in this meaning.)
weaved, wove, and woven

Weave (To Make Material)

The simple past tense of "to weave" is "wove." For example:
  • I wove a blanket last year.
The past participle of "to weave" is "woven." (NB: This is the version used with "have" to form verb tense or as an adjective.) For example:
  • I have woven a blanket for you.
  • (Here, "woven" is a past participle used with "have" to form verb tense.)
  • This woven blanket is highly ornate.
  • (Here, "woven" is a past participle used as an adjective.)

Weave (To Twist and Turn)

When "to weave" means to twist and turn, then use "weaved" for both the past tense and the past participle. For example:
  • He weaved in and out of the bollards.
  • She has weaved her way through all the defenders.

More about "Weaved," "Wove," and "Woven"

When "to weave" refers to making material or cloth, then the following versions are used:
VerbPast SimplePast Participle
to weave (cloth)wovehave woven
When "to weave" refers to dodging in and out of things, then the following versions are used:
VerbPast SimplePast Participle
to weave (in and out)weavedhave weaved

Example Sentences with "Weaved," "Wove," and "Woven"

Here are some more example sentences with "weaved," "wove," and "woven":

To Weave (Cloth)

  • Who wove the Fitzwilliam's "Sheldon" tapestries? correct tick
  • (This is the past tense of "to weave (cloth).")
  • She has woven you a scarf. correct tick
  • (This is the past participle of "to weave (cloth)." Remember! The past participle is the version used with "have," "has," and "had.")

To Weave (In and Out)

  • The bike weaved in and out of traffic. correct tick
  • (This is the past tense of "to weave (in and out).)"
  • John has weaved his way to the top of the ladder. correct tick
  • (This is the past participle of "to weave (in and out)." Remember! The past participle is the version used with "have," "has," and "had.")
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