As awareness of eating disorders has increased since the 1980s, so has use of the verb binge. As with many verbs, conjugating binge into various tenses can be challenging. Should the E remain in the progressive tense, to form bingeing, or should it be removed, forming binging?
In this article, I will compare bingeing vs. binging. I will use each of these spelling in at least one example sentence, so you can see them in context. Plus, I will show you a way to use a memory tool so that you will know whether to use bingeing or binging.
Binge as noun:
Binge is verb:
She binged on ice cream.
Use of binging:
Bingeing on a book series is the perfect activity for December — it makes for a great escape from the crush of social obligations, and when the weather turns cold, it is an ideal indoor diversion. –The Washington Post
Use of bingeing:
Binging is an alternate spelling of the same word with the same meanings. If you are a Microsoft employee and you are within earshot of your supervisor, you might use binging as a substitute for the verb googling to signal that you are using Microsoft’s search engine Bing instead of its competitor, Google Search. All jokes aside, perhaps this is why bingeing has taken such a clear lead in usage: because of the possible confusion between bing-ing, like the sound bing, and binge-ing. By retaining the “E,” it is impossible to make that confusion.
Bingeing or binging:
Bingeing and binging are two alternate spellings of the progressive tense of the word binge, which means to partake to excess. Formal English does not have a clear standard for either version, but in actual usage, bingeing is much more common. Since bingeing shares an E with excess, you can easily remember to choose it unless you have a good reason to use binging instead.