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  1. Jenny 7
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    beggared or begged?

    A friend wrote, 'it begged the lie of an accident' and then insisted that it meant that there was no accident. I read it as there WAS an accident, and said it should be 'it beggared the lie of an accident' if he meant that there hadn't been an accident. Can anyone please tell me who is right?

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    Re: beggared or begged?

    I'd use 'beggared', as it makes more logical sense, but you do hear people using 'beg' in such case.

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    Re: beggared or begged?

    Thanks tdol.

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    Re: beggared or begged?

    I supose the confusion comes fom 'begging the question' and 'beggaring belief'.

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