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    #1

    The difference between "commit suicide" and "suicide"

    Though "suicide" has a verb function, I've never seen it be used by itself. All I found is using "commit suicide".
    Then is that possible for me to say the sentence like:

    When the pressures are too much for teenagers to stand, some of them would suicide.

    If not, why?
    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: The difference between "commit suicide" and "suicide"

    Technically it's possible, but it's such a rare form that it sounds odd to me. Webster's has it listed as a rare verb, but most dictionaries don't bother.


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    Re: The difference between "commit suicide" and "suicide"

    As a native speaker, I've never heard suicide used as a verb. I looked it up just now and it seems it is, but I and most teachers I know would mark it wrong if it were used that way on a test!
    Suicide = noun
    Commit suicide = verb
    ...at least in common American English usage.

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    Re: The difference between "commit suicide" and "suicide"

    Quote Originally Posted by yuanchenhsiao View Post
    Though "suicide" has a verb function, I've never seen it be used by itself. All I found is using "commit suicide".
    Then is that possible for me to say the sentence like:

    When the pressures are too much for teenagers to stand, some of them would suicide.

    If not, why?
    Thank you.
    The use of 'suicide' as a verb is not uncommon among people who need to use it a lot, such as sociologists, psychiatrists, etc. The news media has not adopted the usage as enthusiastically, but it's not rare in AusE:

    Waitress suicided after relentless bullying.

    Here is a more creative usage:
    BELLACIAO - Hunter S. Thompson warned he’d be suicided - Paul William Roberts

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