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    Forbade or forbad? What is the past tense of forbid?

    What is the past tense of forbid? is it "forbade" or "forbad"?

    I took no rest, and greed of gain forbad me give a grain.
    Source: (https://www.azdictionary.com/sentence/forbad)

    She forbad me from joining the group.
    Source: (https://tatoeba.org/eng/sentences/show/3047550)

    I have given a couple of examples of "forbad" above.

    If both are correct then which one of them is American and which of them is British?

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    Re: Forbade or forbad? What is the past tense of forbid?

    Both 'forbade' and 'forbad' are possible. 'Forbade' can also be pronounced as 'forbad'.

    'Forbid' is not archaic in BrE, but you don't often hear the past used. 'Forbidden', as a participle or used adjectivally is quite common.
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    Re: Forbade or forbad? What is the past tense of forbid?

    I think both are pronounced in the same way. While you are speaking nobody can notice if it is forbade or forbad unless it is written.

    Americans use short spellings so it might be "forbad" in American English. British people or more formal and they like to stick to old rules so they might use "forbade" more. However, modern British English is more open to changes so I don't know what the British youth prefer using forbad or forbade.
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    Re: Forbade or forbad? What is the past tense of forbid?

    I've never seen "forbad" in my life.

    Please don't post six links showing where it's used. I'm telling you my personal experience.

    I think you might want to reconsider your idea that British people stick to the old rules. I offer the continued use of the subjunctive in the US, which has largely disappeared in the UK.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Forbade or forbad? What is the past tense of forbid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post

    Please don't post six links showing where it's used. I'm telling you my personal experience.
    What six links? Where? I have posted 2 links, not six.

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    Re: Forbade or forbad? What is the past tense of forbid?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
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    Americans use short spellings so it might be "forbad" in American English. British people or more formal and they like to stick to old rules so they might use "forbade" more. However, modern British English is more open to changes so I don't know what the British youth prefer using forbad or forbade.
    You are over-generalising. The differences between AmE and BrE are far less crude than that.
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    Re: Forbade or forbad? What is the past tense of forbid?

    'Forbad' was never a very popular spelling. (Click)

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