Incorrect spelling


Incorrect spelling, explanation: you can’t spell this word as grabed, because this version lacks the double -b letter, which is necessary when creating a past simple/past participle form of the verb grab. Why? Because of a crucial principle in the English language: when there is a single vowel before the last (and stressed as well) consonant in a word, we have to double that consonant. Just look at other examples: travelled, spotted, submitted. It’s important to remember that the only correct spelling is grabbed.

Correct spelling


Correct spelling, explanation: grabbed is a past simple form/past participle form/adjective participle of the infinitive to grab. As you can see, its construction is based on two elements: the root and the suffix. However, the last consonant must be doubled – because of an important rule: when there is a single vowel before the last (and stressed as well) consonant in a word, we have to double that consonant. That’s the reason the only correct version is grabbed and grabed is just a mistake.

Definition of grabbed:
1. verb (past simple, past participle), grasp or seize suddenly and roughly
He grabbed his jacket and rushed out the door to catch the last bus of the night.
The child eagerly grabbed the colorful balloon as it floated by, a big smile lighting up their face.
2. adjective participle, to seize suddenly or quickly
The child held a plate of cookies, their face covered in chocolate, showing evidence of a grabbed treat.
He entered the room with a grabbed umbrella, the raindrops glistening on its surface as he shook off the water.

Collocations with grabbed:
Some most commonly used collocations include:
1. Grab a drink – to quickly and casually get a beverage, often referring to alcoholic drinks.
After a long day of hiking, they decided to relax at a local pub where they grabbed a drink and shared stories of their adventures.
2. Grab a bite – to quickly eat or snack on something, often a light or quick meal.
While exploring the bustling city, they stumbled upon a charming food truck and grabbed a delicious bite to eat before continuing their sightseeing.
3. Grab someone’s attention – to attract or catch someone’s focus or interest.
The captivating opening of the speaker’s presentation grabbed everyone’s attention and kept them engaged throughout the entire talk.
4. Grab a seat – to quickly take a seat, often in a crowded or limited seating area.
As the concert venue filled up quickly, they hurried inside and managed to grab a seat in the front row.