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Thread: bid

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    Hi, one more question, could you pls tell me the exact meaning of the word 'bid' in following sentence? 'She would never do as she was bidden'.
    Does it mean that she never do what she was told, am I right?

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    Re: bid

    Yes. 'Bidden' is an irregular past participle, like 'hidden' (though not totally like it! bid/bade/bidden : hide/hid/hidden). Unlike hide/hid, bid/bade are pretty rare nowadays (especially 'bade'); and if you try to back-form the present form by following the pattern of 'hidden' - you get 'bide' which is nothing to do with telling (it means 'stay').

    For more irreular verbs, go here:



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