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=to tell somebody off when they have done something wrong
I don't understand this explanation, more exactly ''to tell somebody OFF''
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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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.'
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 )
Ta, but I was wondering if anyone had an intransitive example:Originally Posted by BobK
chide –verb (used without object)Isn't him an object here?
3. to scold or reproach; find fault.
[no example provided]
Ex: Mrs Rabbit gently chided him for going into Mr McGregor's gardenAlso,
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.
'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.
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.
Pfiuuu...how many explanations...i'll have to give attention to each of them even tough it'll be a bit hard. Thank you !