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December 2021



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Poll #1281861 stomping grounds

The part participle of the verb "to stride" is--

have strode
have stridden
Every fule know, "strode" has no past participle.
I didn't know there was a quiz!

context is for the weak

Ticky strides off into the sunset.


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Now I have Gordon Lightfoot's Don Quixote song in my head, thank you so much.
or "strodden." Also a possibility. Wish I'd thought to include a couple of ringers. *g*

I don't KNOW Gordon Lightfoot's Don Quixote song!
According to Wiki it's both, depending on US or EU English:

You are entirely missing the point of livejournal polls, I fear. *g*
But what's the plural of computer mouse?
Or the plural of chocolate mousse?
This sort of thing is why when I go back to school (again) I'll be pursuing an English degree. It's fascinating.
Linguistics is where it's at, yo. Seriously, if there were a job in it other than "college professor" I'd have done a PhD in the evolution of modern German and regional dialects. Or mapping dialectical variation (which is extremely fascinating, I think.)

(Hey, Bear, I cheated on your poll. I read the same Language Log post earlier this morning. Well, only kinda cheated; I put the same answer I guessed before reading the whole thing.)
Every time I think Greek participles are horrid, I remember what we deal with in English!
I am with you there. I remember in my first semester of Greek, my teacher listened to us complain and then cheerfully told us that our English would benefit enormously. oh the cold comfort. ;)
No fair! They all sound bad!


http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=805067 appeared in the actual newspaper here in Milwaukee with the heading "Not Your Average Bear" and made me think of you. I thought you might enjoy seeing the article.

Re: off-topic

thank you!

stride, strode, stridden/ strid

According to Webster's Unabridged, the past participle of stride is "stridden" (or obsolete form, strid)

Personally, I would have guessed "strod" but I'd've been wrong.

Re: stride, strode, stridden/ strid

And yet Webster's is incomplete, because both had strode and had stridden are correct.


Besides, resorting to dictionaries is an abrogation of the spirit of the lj poll as an exercise in Science!

had strod? Really? Huh. I never would have come up with that one.

Couldn't do your quiz, sorry, because if pushed, I'd probaly say have strided. But this could be because I got used to my kids saying things like, "I have rided the pony." :)

Though really they all sound horribly wrong.
I had seen the Elizabeth George usage ("had stridden") noted in the article, and remember thinking at the time, "WTF? Surely that can't be right. Where was her copyeditor?" The more important question, "What was it supposed to be, if not 'stridden,'" did not occur to me.
And yet, it is correct. As is "had strode."

Great wacky language we have here, innit?
I say "stridden," by analogy with ride/rode/ridden. I'm just guessing that it's the same verb family. Though of course either one could be a strong verb and not follow the pattern.
/end language-geeking
Despite answering, then reading the article, then really thinking about it, I'm still not sure. My head feels kinda funny, though. *g* I'll never complain about weird verbs in Finnish ever again, that's for sure...


When all your verby options sound a little bit wrong even if they are right, just go with "walked purposefully."
Had be were strodding.
I picked stridden. Then, while I was reading the linked article, I realized it's because there's a word that's similar: "to hide."

Okay, so the past tense is "hid" not "hode," but the rest of it's close.
Strong verbs for fun and profit!
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