10 Differences Between Send and Sent with Examples 2021 Update

Filed in Education by on May 8, 2021

Differences Between Send and Sent with Examples: Verbs are the action words in a sentence that express or convey action or the state of being.  Verbs are fundamental building blocks of a sentence or phrase, telling a story about what is taking place.

Difference Between Send and Sent with Examples

Verbs are mostly modified to evoke the tense, voice, mood, and aspect as well as the agreement with the gender, person, and a number of the subject.

The tense determines the moment in which the action takes place, whether it has been done previously, now or later. The three basic tenses in the English language are the present, past, and future tenses. Each of these tenses has a perfect form, a progressive form, and a perfect progressive form.

Brief History of the English Language

English is a West Germanic language that originated from Anglo-Frisian dialects brought to Britain in the mid 5th to 7th centuries AD by Anglo-Saxon migrants from what is now northwest Germany, southern Denmark, and the Netherlands.

The Anglo-Saxons settled in the British Isles from the mid-5th century and came to dominate the bulk of southern Great Britain.

Their language, now called Old English, originated as a group of Anglo-Frisian dialects which were spoken, at least by the settlers, in England and southern and eastern Scotland in the early Middle Ages, displacing the Celtic languages (and, possibly, British Latin) that had previously been dominant.

Old English reflected the varied origins of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms established in different parts of Britain. The Late West Saxon dialect eventually became dominant.

A significant subsequent influence on the shaping of Old English came from contact with the North Germanic languages spoken by the Scandinavian Vikings who conquered and colonized parts of Britain during the 8th and 9th centuries, which led to much lexical borrowing and grammatical simplification.

The Anglian dialects had a greater influence on Middle English.

After the Norman conquest in 1066, Old English was replaced, for a time, by Anglo-Norman as the language of the upper classes.

This is regarded as marking the end of the Old English or Anglo-Saxon era, as during this period the English language was heavily influenced by Anglo-Norman, developing into a phase known now as Middle English.

The conquering Normans spoke a Romance langue d’oïl called Old Norman, which in Britain developed into Anglo-Norman. Many Norman and French loanwords entered the local language in this period, especially in vocabulary related to the church, the court system, and the government.

As Normans are descendants of Vikings who invaded France, Norman French was influenced by Old Norse, and many Norse loanwords in English came directly from French

 Middle English was spoken to the late 15th century. The system of orthography that was established during the Middle English period is largely still in use today.

Later changes in pronunciation, however, combined with the adoption of various foreign spellings, mean that the spelling of modern English words appears highly irregular.


The word “send” is defined as “cause to go or be taken to a particular destination.” It is synonymous with the words: transmit, convey, dispatch, transport, yield, deliver, direct, remit, mail, or Forward.

The verb “send” is frequently used in the world of sport. To ‘send it’ means to not be overly critical and go insanely big. Etymologically, the word has a Proto-Germanic origin with the original word being “sandijanan” which directly interprets as “go” or “journey.”

The verb was then absorbed into Old English as the word “sendan”.  The Old English word means “send, throw,” or “send forth.”

The continuous tense and future continuous tense of the word send is “sending.” The continuous tense indicates that the action is in progress, and the future continuous tense implies that the action is in progress at the moment and is still to take in the future.

Difference Between Send and Sent


1. Please send my brother the parcel.

2. I send him a snack every day.

3. Send my best wishes to your mum and sisters. 

4. I will send you a doll. 

5. What phone should I send? 

6. Will you send me a laptop? 

7. Bright always sends me a text 

8. Please send me a striped tie. 

9. Can I send you a clip? 

10. I will send you a car.


The verb “Sent” is the past tense of the word ‘Send’. It doubles as both the past simple tense and past participle tense of the word as well as its past progressive tense and past perfect progressive tense.

The past tense “Sent” implies that the action in question has already taken place. Sent is to be used after you’ve started or ended the action.


1. I have sent your brother the parcel.

2. His snack has been sent.

3. I sent my wishes to your mum and sisters

4. I had sent you a doll.

5. Where is the phone I sent you?

6. Who bought the laptop you sent? 

7. Bright sent you a text through the month.

8. Did you send me a striped tie?

9. Where is the clip she sent?

10. I sent her the car as promised. 

Notable Distinctions Between ‘Send’ and ‘Sent’

1. The word ‘send’ is a verb that means ‘to cause to go or to be taken somewhere’ while the word ‘sent’ is a conjugation of the verb ‘send.’

2. ‘Send’ generally interprets as an instruction to send. ‘Sent’ implies that the object has been sent and assumed to have arrived

3. The word ‘send’ is the present perfect tense of the verb while the word ‘sent’ is the past tense and past participle tense of the verb.

4. Both ‘Send’ and ‘Sent’ have progressive forms. Although, the word ‘send’ is used in its present form and the word ‘sent’ in its past form.

5. ‘Send’ can be used as a command or as an infinitive while ‘Sent’ can’t be used as a command.

6. ‘Sent’ can be used as an adjective and as part of the passive voice while the contrary is the case of ‘Send’.

7. ‘Send’ is simply the present tense of the verb. ‘Sent’ is past tense and past progressive tense.

8. ‘Send’ is to be used before you complete or begin the action. ‘Sent’ is to be used after you’ve started or ended the action.

9. Send and sent represent different tenses of the same verb.

10. “Send” is an irregular verb; that’s why instead of adding “ed” to form its past tense, it changes its spelling to form the word “sent.”

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