I was listening to a BBC documentary about Putin and heard this:

...that shaked one of today's key world leaders

(The sentence is in the first 20 seconds.)

I thought that shake is only conjugated shake/shook/shaken

Anyway, I've found one source where it is considered a regular verb.

Can it be used both as a regular and irregular verb?

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    Language is in flux. Come back in 25 years, and you may get a different answer. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jun 23 '15 at 9:53
  • On that Verbix site we find slightly unidiomatic English: If you think that there's an error in conjugation, check first that you have written correctly the verb to conjugate. and This site contains verb conjugations for hundred languages... When citing a website as an authority, it's good practice to look for independent corroboration on other websites (that aren't simply copycats of the first one). – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jun 23 '15 at 9:56
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    You've misheard the podcast. It doesn't say 'shaked', it says 'shaped'. It's also in the description below: "Chris Bowlby explores how this experience shaped Putin's career and behaviour today". – ssav Jun 23 '15 at 11:23
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the asker heard the word "shaked" when the actual word spoken by the commentator is "shaped." – user20792 Nov 27 '15 at 9:00
  • Per so-called standard English, the past tense of shake is shook. There could be dialects that use shaked. Certainly, hundreds of years ago, shaked was used, but not exclusively. – user20792 Nov 27 '15 at 9:07

No, to shake is an irregular verb.

You can compare the usage on Google. Shook is used 2000x as often as shaked.

  • Well it surprises me that it is used incorrectly in a bbc podocast. Anyway, I have edited and added the mp3 in case I missed something and someoione wants to check it – Gyonder Jun 23 '15 at 10:17
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    @Gyonder note that the podcast actually used a different verb altogether: "shaped" – phoog Jun 23 '15 at 17:00

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