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    bid vs. attempt

    Hi! What is the difference bid and attempt? Can I replace bid with attempt in following words I hightlight in red? If no, could you please tell me the reason(s)? Thank you!

    an attempt to achieve or obtain something:
    Her bid for re-election was unsuccessful.
    The company has managed to fight off a hostile takeover bid (= an attempt by another company to take control of it).
    The government has reduced the cost of borrowing in a bid to get the economy moving again
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    Re: bid vs. attempt

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi! What is the difference bid and attempt? Can I replace bid with attempt in following words I hightlight in red? If no, could you please tell me the reason(s)? Thank you!

    an attempt to achieve or obtain something:
    Her bid for re-election was unsuccessful. Her attempt at re-election ...
    The company has managed to fight off a hostile takeover bid (= an attempt by another company to take control of it). Yes
    The government has reduced the cost of borrowing in a bid to get the economy moving again. ... in an attempt to get ... Yes.
    Note however that "bid" is used in other ways in which "attempt" cannot be used.
    I bid $500 for the painting at an auction. Not "attempt"
    Here "to bid" means to make an offer.
    Also, on the stock market, there are two prices, a "bid" and an "ask". Bid: 1.20 Ask 1.25. The buyer with the highest "bid" is willing to pay 1.20 (He makes an offer of 1.20). The seller with the lowest "ask" is willing to sell for 1.25. When the highest bid equals the lowest ask, a transaction is made.
    Also, in poker (the card game), you bid a certain stake; or "make a bid" of a certain amount.

    So, be sure that "bid" doesn't mean "offer" before you replace it with "attempt".

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    Re: bid vs. attempt

    Hello Raymott,

    Thank you very much for your help. Then, what is the difference between 'bid' and 'offer'?

    Can I say 'bid' means to offer an amount of money to try to achieve something, while 'offer' just focuses on 'giving' something?

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    Re: bid vs. attempt

    A bid is a small repetitive part of a process, whereas the offer is the whole, rather than the parts, which may include several bids. Also, a bid is usually understood to be up against competing bids in a bidding process with several players.... in the end, one offer, the highest bid, will be taken and made into a contract.

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    Re: bid vs. attempt

    Konungursvia:

    I got it. Thank you very much!

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    Nice new avatar, daffy. Is it a flute with flowers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Nice new avatar, daffy. Is it a flute with flowers?
    Thank you, Konungursvia. It is 筝(zheng)- a traditional Chinese musical instrument. My family name is Zheng, and I have an English name-Flora.


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    Thanks, I only knew the Korean name of it, the Ga-ya-gem.

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