“Recent Changes in the Use of the Verb Forbid”.

Bibliographical details

Iyeiri, Yoko. 2017. “Recent Changes in the Use of the Verb forbid“. Memoirs of the Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University 56: 195-218. (Downloadable PDF)

Forbid in Present-day English

This paper explores the complementation patterns of the verb forbid in contemporary English. Based on the analysis of BAWE and the 2001 issues of two British newspapers, i.e. Daily Mail and The Independent, it demonstrates to what extent the –ing construction has been established with this verb in today’s English. The analysis shows that in the active voice at least, –ing forms are already much more frequent than to-infinitives in today’s English.

For some details of BAWE (British Academic Written English Corpus), see this page.

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