Suffice it/Sufficed ?

This thread questioned whether the phrase is “suffice it to say” or “suffice to say”, with the resolution being that “suffice it” is correct:

Has anyone else besides me been under the impression that the correct wording is “sufficed (pronounced with 3 syllables) to say”, as in “it is sufficed [i.e. sufficient] to say”?
Damn, now I’m getting that thing where the word doesn’t look right because I looked at it too much…

For what it’s worth, I’ve never heard or seen “sufficed to say”. “Suffice it” sounds to me like a subjunctive - maybe along the lines of “may it suffice to say” or something in more modern-day English.

What Excalibre said.

Suffice means more or less “be adequate/enough.” “Suffice it to say,” as mentioned, is equivalent to “Let it suffice to say.” Or, “Be it enough to say” and “Let it be enough to say.”

Grammatically, “sufficed” doesn’t cut it. Something has to be the subject of the verb “suffice.” In the above examples, “it” is the subject. “Sufficed to say” would be like “Was enough to say.” Don’t make no sense. What was enough to say?

One could say “It sufficed to say” (sounds odd because it’s not common, but nevertheless grammatically correct), but that’s in the indicative mood, past tense. “Sufficed to say” is incomplete, by itself it’s meaningless.

OK, thanks. I wonder where I learned this piece of misinformation…? :slight_smile: