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    Wink Usage of Forbid

    Hi,

    I forbid you.

    What is the meaning of this sentence?
    What does the word forbid mean in this particular usage?

    Thanks

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    Re: Usage of Forbid

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    I forbid you.

    What is the meaning of this sentence?
    What does the word forbid mean in this particular usage?

    Thanks
    "I forbid you to do something" means "I will not allow you to do something."


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    Re: Usage of Forbid

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    I forbid you.

    What is the meaning of this sentence?
    What does the word forbid mean in this particular usage?

    Thanks
    I agree with bhaisahab, of course. That's what it means. However, I'd like to add that "forbid" is a strong word. Saying, I forbid you to see him again" has a stronger tone than simply saying "I won't allow you to see him again". Using "forbid" makes it sound like there could be consequences for doing what is forbidden.

    Notice the difference:

    Smoking is not allowed here. - You wouldn't expect to read "smoking is forbidden here", necessarily.

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