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    #1

    the verb - rumor

    Is it wrong to use RUMOR in the active voice?

    They rumor about the king's wedding.

    As far as I can see in dictionaries it is used only in the passive voice. Is it really so?

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    #2

    Re: the verb - rumor

    I can't think of any natural-sounding sentences in which rumour (BE spelling) is used in the active voice in modern English.

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    #3

    Re: the verb - rumor

    Most of the examples I found in a quick search were from the 19th century. I agree with Rover.- I wouldn't use it.

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