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Ridded

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  • Because rid, meaning to free from, is uninflected in its past-tense, perfect, and past-participle forms, ridded is a superfluous word. It’s listed in a few dictionaries, but most usage authorities recommend against it. So, for example, “we rid ourselves of it yesterday” and “we have rid ourselves of all our belongings” are correct.

     

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    Ridden is a useful word, but it has nothing to do with the verb rid. It’s a participle of ride, and it’s an adjective meaning afflicted or dominated by something.

    Example

    Ridded appears occasionally—for example:

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    Among the houses he has ridded of spirits was a former Asian gambling den in North Perth and the Guildford Hotel. [Perth Now]

    LaBrie told jurors that she thought her son had been ridded of cancer. [Boston Globe]

    After quietly welcoming a U.S. invasion that ridded the country of the Taliban in 2001, it’s now playing a double game. [San Francisco Chronicle]

    But ridded, as used in these examples, is much more common:

    Mr. Calderàn is now rid of a diplomat whose “ignorance … translates into a distortion of what is happening in Mexico.” [Wall Street Journal]

    The Jayhawks believe they rid themselves of a significant upset demon by getting past the round of 32. [ESPN]

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