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    Post to chide

    =to tell somebody off when they have done something wrong
    I don't understand this explanation, more exactly ''to tell somebody OFF''

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carmenn View Post
    =to tell somebody off when they have done something wrong
    I don't understand this explanation, more exactly ''to tell somebody OFF''
    That means to speak angrily at someone because they have done something wrong.

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    Re: to chide

    In addition,

    chide –verb (used with object)
    1. to express disapproval of; scold; reproach: The principal chided the children for their thoughtless pranks.

    2. to harass, nag, impel, or the like by chiding: She chided him into apologizing.

    chide –verb (used without object)
    3. to scold or reproach; find fault. [Does anyone have an example for this?]

    intransitive senses : to speak out in angry or displeased rebuke
    transitive senses : to voice disapproval to : reproach in a usually mild and constructive manner : scold

    chide - Definitions from Dictionary.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    In addition,... Additionally,... etc.
    You doesn't seem to be 'additive free', Casiopea That's really helpful and 'nutritious' (compared to some foods I can get from my superstore!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    You [don't] seem to be 'additive free', Casiopea That's really helpful and 'nutritious' (compared to some foods I can get from my superstore!).
    I'm afraid you've lost me.

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    Re: to chide

    You said 'In addition', Casi. Geddit

    Was it you who were asking for an example? Here's one: 'When Peter limped home late, tired, and with his jacket torn, Mrs Rabbit gently chided him for going into Mr McGregor's garden - but she was too relieved to be really angry.'

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    Beatrix Potter didn't write that; I did. But that use of 'chide' sounds rather Edwardian to me, and I wouldn't be surprised to find it in a Peter Rabbit story. Come to think of it, weren't the three little kittens who lost their mittens chided? Chidden?? (The verb's too obscure for me to worry too much about the participle )

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    You said 'In addition', Casi. Geddit
    Nope.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK
    Was it you who were asking for an example? Here's one: 'When Peter limped home late, tired, and with his jacket torn, Mrs Rabbit gently chided him for going into Mr McGregor's garden - but she was too relieved to be really angry.'
    Ta, but I was wondering if anyone had an intransitive example:
    chide –verb (used without object)
    3. to scold or reproach; find fault.
    [no example provided]

    Isn't him an object here?
    Ex: Mrs Rabbit gently chided him for going into Mr McGregor's garden
    Also,
    Ex: The three little kittens were chided.
    The subject functions as the semantic object of the verb. That is, chided is still transitive, no?


    I'm confused by what the dictionaries don't have to offer on the intransitive use of chide "(without an object)": not one example.

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    Re: to chide

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    ...
    chide –verb (used without object)
    3. to scold or reproach; find fault. [Does anyone have an example for this?]

    intransitive senses : to speak out in angry or displeased rebuke
    ....
    I didn't read this carefully, and assumed that 'find fault' was just missing a 'with'; because I expected it to be transitive. I suppose sometimes its object is elided:

    'I don't mean to chide [you]. But don't you think that was a bit insensitive?'

    But I agree with you that this dictionary definition looks a bit odd.

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    I suppose this sort of transitive-but-with-an-omitted-object usage may occur in expressions like 'I know what you mean. She does tend to chide rather' - in which some people may detect an omitted object (one/you/people) and others may simply call it intransitive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I suppose this sort of transitive-but-with-an-omitted-object usage may occur in expressions like 'I know what you mean. She does tend to chide rather' - in which some people may detect an omitted object (one/you/people) and others may simply call it intransitive.
    Good example. Thanks.


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    Pfiuuu...how many explanations...i'll have to give attention to each of them even tough it'll be a bit hard. Thank you !

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