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    Verb "gird"

    I have tried to use the verb "gird" in my sentences. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    1. Austerity persisted for months, and the government girded for more protests and riots.
    2. The protestesters refused to surrender and girded themselves for the police attack.
    3. John decided to apply for divorce and girded himself for a talk with his wife.

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    Re: Verb "gird"

    2 and 3 are OK but 1 doesn't work - you need something after "girded". In BrE, a common(ish) phrase is "to gird one's loins". (I disagree with the statement in that link that says that no one says it anymore.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Verb "gird"

    I am wondering if my first sentence would be correct if I add "itself".

    Austerity persisted for months, and the government girded itself for more protests and riots.

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    Re: Verb "gird"

    I wouldn't use it in any of these sentences.

    You appear to be using 'gird' to mean 'prepare oneself for', so it is acceptable in 2. and 3. but not in 1.
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    Re: Verb "gird"

    It wouldn't be my first choice for any of those sentences but I can't say they're wrong. I would accept "the government girded itself".
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    Re: Verb "gird"

    I am wondering if my sentences would be better if I replaced "gird" with brace and write them like this?

    1. Austerity persisted for months, and the government braced itself for more protests and riots.
    2. The protesters refused to surrender and braced themselves for the police attack.
    3. John decided to apply for divorce and braced himself for a talk with his wife.

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    Re: Verb "gird"

    They're certainly more natural with "braced".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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