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    id someone

    If you id someone, does it only refer to a criminal? Can I use a verb "id" in any context?

    "I id this thing as totally unacceptable."?

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    Re: id someone

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    I'm not sure of what you are saying. The Id is a part of psychological theory. Id refers to a part of the human mind.
    "ID"?

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    Re: id someone

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Oh...You are saying ID, not Id. ID is short for indentification. Yes, a young person can be asked to show ID before entering certain places and ID may be required before one takes books from a library. There are many places where ID is required. As far as using the term "ID", it is generally related to police work - Did you ID the suspect yet?
    Do you ever use it in a nonpolice context?

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    Re: id someone

    Your example doesn't work though, because you wouldn't say "I identify this idea as.."

    Use it only to replace the word "identify."

    Someone left me a voicemail, but I couldn't ID the voice so "Call me back" wasn't a useful message.
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