Discussion in 'English Only' started by yukinohana, Mar 13, 2009.
Hello, what are the common-used past tense and the past participle of "bid"? Thank you!
Have you looked it up in a dictionary?
You have two choices:
1. bid, bid, bid
2. bid, bade, bidden
"Bade" is awfully rare these days.
In most circumstances, only "bid" is used:
"I bid on that painting yesterday."
They're treated as different verbs though, Triglav.
He bade me accompany him to his castle.
I bid on that painting yesterday.
(But yes, bade/bidden is very rare these days)
Depends on meaning.
Bid can mean ask or say:
I bid farewell to him when he leaves.
I bade farewell to him when he left.
I have bidden farewell to him.
Bid can mean make a bid in an auction:
I bid in a small way in eBay.
I bid £20 for the plate yesterday
I have bid £20 for a plate before.
You will probably see I bidded and I have bidded as well although a lot of people don't like it.
Oh, definitely. I just thought of the second meaning when I saw the word without any context (as well as the mention of choice in post #2).
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