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    The word "bound"

    Hi

    I'm wondering if it's possible to use the phrase "she is bound" or "she feels very bound" about f.ex. a woman who feels very tied up or unable to move anywhere because of all her obligations (like family, job and so on)

    In fact the question is: can the word bound be in the end of a sentence like that, or should it always be continued with a "to"......like "bound to... (something)"

    Thanks in advance

    Mette

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    Re: The word "bound"

    I don't think it's possible. I tried 'feel/feels/feeling/felt bound' followed by a comma and by a full stop in COCA and got no examples. I then tried the words with no punctuation following, and got a lot of examples - all of them followed by 'by' or 'to'.

    Incidentally, 'eg' or e.g.' is the abbreviation we normally use for 'for example', not 'f.ex.'
    Last edited by 5jj; 13-Aug-2011 at 21:56. Reason: typo

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    Re: The word "bound"

    You can use it that way, it is merely less common.

    His hands were bound.
    She felt hear heart was bound.
    He left her bound at the wrists.
    She felt completely bound.

    Note that this is the past participle of bind, but that in chemistry, the noun "bond" has become a verb in its own right in AmE, and its past tense is 'bonded.'

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    Re: The word "bound"

    Quote Originally Posted by mlind View Post
    Hi

    I'm wondering if it's possible to use the phrase "she is bound" or "she feels very bound" about f.ex. a woman who feels very tied up or unable to move anywhere because of all her obligations (like family, job and so on)

    In fact the question is: can the word bound be in the end of a sentence like that, or should it always be continued with a "to"......like "bound to... (something)"

    Thanks in advance

    Mette
    Using 'bound' after 'to be' isn't used that way, I'll be bound.

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    Re: The word "bound"

    Thank you, all of you. I will change the sentence to "to this place she is bound" (it's a song lyric and because of a rhyme I'd like to have bound as the last word)

    Mette

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