Are the following sentences correct?

He just got up. -- Can I say this, informally?
He just waked up.


We can say either sentence, but waked is used far less often than woke.

He just woke up.

wake (base/infinitive)
woke (simple past)
woken (past participle)

The two sentences have almost the same meaning, and we often use them interchangeably. There is a slight distinction: "He just woke up" tells us that the person is now awake. "He just got up" tells us that the person is now awake and implies that the person also got out of bed.

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    Now... retracted! :) – Maulik V Jan 16 '15 at 9:50
  • Waked up is a very unusual phrase to use these days and was never very popular. A quick check on the Google Ngram server gives a nice graph. Essentially just stick with wake, woke and woken. bit.ly/1IQFXHN – Ian Lewis Jan 16 '15 at 15:24

It's fine!

He just got up = He just waked up

Both mean informally that he's not sleeping now. He just finished his sleep.

However, it's worth knowing that 'wake up' and 'get up' mean many things other than the context of 'sleeping'. And I consider that you are talking about his state of 'sleeping'.

Note that 'woke up' is way common than 'waked up'.

  • Do you have a source that states the past tense of "wake" is "waked"? I can only find the irregular verb "woke". – Stephie Jan 16 '15 at 9:54
  • @Stephie I did not bother to search it! I know that! :) – Maulik V Jan 16 '15 at 9:55
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    @Stephie okay, for you - dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/wake – Maulik V Jan 16 '15 at 9:56
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    @Stephie Maulik V is correct. I had to check it myself because I'm so used to using woke. – pyobum Jan 16 '15 at 9:56
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    Thanks. I just remember endless drills back in school: "wake - woke - woken".... – Stephie Jan 16 '15 at 10:01

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