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    Forbidding or Forbiddance ?

    Hello everyone,

    I got a question regarding the usage of the word "forbidding" versus "forbiddance"

    I would like to know which one of these two sentences below that is correct, or more correct and why that is please.

    "The forbidding of gay marriage"

    "The forbiddance of gay marriage"


    I am confused.

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    Re: Forbidding or Forbiddance ?

    I have never heard anyone use the word "forbiddance." My browser doesn't even recognize it as a word.

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    Re: Forbidding or Forbiddance ?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I have never heard anyone use the word "forbiddance." My browser doesn't even recognize it as a word.
    The word "forbiddance" is an official word. I find it in all the major dictionaries as well as in other places.

    Anyone?

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    Re: Forbidding or Forbiddance ?

    I don't doubt that. But it is so uncommon that I have never heard it and my browser's built-in dictionary does not contain the word.

    You asked for advice. I gave you mine.

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    Daniel0220 is offline Newbie
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    Re: Forbidding or Forbiddance ?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I don't doubt that. But it is so uncommon that I have never heard it and my browser's built-in dictionary does not contain the word.

    You asked for advice. I gave you mine.
    I appreciate your advise, do not misunderstand me. But the advise I was seeking was not in regards to how common or uncommon these specific words are but rather which one of them that is correct, or more correct and why that is.

    But again, thank you for the 2 cents.

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    Re: Forbidding or Forbiddance ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel0220 View Post

    I have a question regarding the usage of the word "forbidding" versus "forbiddance".

    I would like to know which one of these two sentences below that is correct, or more correct and why that is please.

    "The forbidding of gay marriage"

    "The forbiddance of gay marriage"


    I am confused.
    They are not sentences as they have no verb.

    They both appear to be 'correct', but I have no way of knowing which might be 'more correct'.

    I have never heard of 'forbiddance', and even though I now know the word exists, I have no plans to use it anytime soon.

    Most people reading it would think it was a mistake.

    Rover

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    Re: Forbidding or Forbiddance ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    They are not sentences as they have no verb.

    They both appear to be 'correct', but I have no way of knowing which might be 'more correct'.

    I have never heard of 'forbiddance', and even though I now know the word exists, I have no plans to use it anytime soon.

    Most people reading it would think it was a mistake.

    Rover
    I see, so the mistake would be on them then. Thanks!

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    Re: Forbidding or Forbiddance ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel0220 View Post
    I see, so the mistake would be on them then. Thanks!
    Not really. If a large number of your readers think that you have made a mistake, then you might as well have made one. I see no point in being cleverer than one's readers if they think you are more ignorant.

    There are no citations for this word in COCA, and only ten in the BNC - nine of them from the same book. Like Dave and Rover, I thought that the word did not exist. I was amazed to find it in several dictionaries here.

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    Re: Forbidding or Forbiddance ?

    I see, so the mistake would be on them then.
    We don't know that. You haven't given us the context in which you read that phrase.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 21-Apr-2013 at 19:42.

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    Re: Forbidding or Forbiddance ?

    I don't think either collocates that well. I would use ban.

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