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    #1

    When you bid someone farewell or bid farewell to someone.

    "Bidden" is the past participle of bid. So in present perfect tense it should either be.

    I have bidden her farewell.
    I have bidden farewell to her.


    But I have read sentences on the web like these.

    A proud mother has bid her daughter farewell as she prepares to row 5,000 miles across the Pacific. [London Evening Standard]

    He had bid his wife and children Heather, 11, and Tommy, 8 goodbye at the hotel. [Billings Gazette]

    Now, Shouldn't it be "A proud mother has bidden her daughter farewell and blah blah blah."

    And shouldn't it be "He had bidden his wife and children Heather, 11, and Tommy, 8 goodbye at the hotel.

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    #2

    Re: When you bid someone farewell or bid farewell to someone.

    I don't know what other members will say, but after testing out how both bidden and bid sound in my head, I think I would prefer to use bid instead of bidden.

    It's not a very high-frequency verb so it's hard to know. Maybe there's some interference going on from the other meaning of bid, as in to bid at an auction.

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    #3

    Re: When you bid someone farewell or bid farewell to someone.

    I'm with wordreference.com: either bid or bidden is possible. I might say I'd bidden her farewell, but only I'd bid ten dollars sounds natural to me.

    This seems to be one of those verbs with a different past participle in transitive and intransitive uses.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 18-Apr-2016 at 14:50. Reason: Fix typo
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