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    Lightbulb Using "GIFTED" as a verb

    Hi,
    I want to know the correct usage of the word GIFTED.Is it right to use it as a verb? e.g " I gifted Alice a pink pony".

    I grew up studying British English and currently settled in the U.S.I was wondering if gifted is frowned upon here or is it infact the correct verb form ?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: Using "GIFTED" as a verb

    In British English, you'll see it used in things like football reports when a team allows the other team to score an easy goal.

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    Default Re: Using "GIFTED" as a verb

    People would associate 'gifted' as the adjective which means 'born with special talent'.
    Why would you use the word as a verb which is ambiguous when there are better words to use like 'presented', 'gave as present/gift', etc ?

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    Default Re: Using "GIFTED" as a verb

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    People would associate 'gifted' as the adjective which means 'born with special talent'.
    Why would you use the word as a verb which is ambiguous when you can say 'presented', 'gave as present/gift', etc ?
    I have never used it in my life, nor have I heard it used.

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    Default Re: Using "GIFTED" as a verb

    Very Interesting answers.I have heard the usage of the word GIFTED very often and hence when I found out people here in U.S were giving me quizzical looks-I decided to investigate.

    The Oxford Dict.contains both the verb and adjective form of "GIFT".

    Thank you everyone.

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    Default Re: Using "GIFTED" as a verb

    I'm not sure how relevant this is, but I have came across sentences such as "He was gifted with praise."

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    Default Re: Using "GIFTED" as a verb

    Quote Originally Posted by shelley_salat View Post
    The Oxford Dict.contains both the verb and adjective form of "GIFT".
    The presence of a word in a dictionary testifies to its existence and not necessarily its being used. In all honesty, I think 'I gifted Alice a pink pony' would raise British English speakers' eyebrows as well.

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    Default Re: Using "GIFTED" as a verb

    The present tense sounds even stranger - I gift Alice a pink pony.

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