As a non-native English speaker, I've come to face a problem with the word "bolded"
I know "bold" is an adjective so we can use that word like this: the bold words.
How about "bolded"? Isn't "bolded" a word? I can't find "bolded" in any English dictionaries but in many web-pages written in English.
Is "the bolded words" a wrong phrase?
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Anonymous:No, it's fine. Regardless of whether it's found in dictionaries, it has been in usage for centuries
Anonymous:I'm afraid you've made a rather quick -- and fallacious -- judgement here.
Close reading of the Wikipedia article you reference reveals no support for "centuries of use" of the word "bolded."
Anonymous:Adjectives do not have a tense. In other words the word bold describes something and therefore cannot, or rather, should not have a present, past or future tense like verbs do. Some people do this same thing with the word text. There is a reason why saying," I texted him," doesn't sound right. That's because it isn't right. It should read, " I sent him a text." Text in this case is a noun. Nouns also do not have tenses.
Hope this helps. I know it is confusing, especially as so many people do use these words as verbs. Our language is becoming shorthand in the tech world. This only further complicates a language where words can have multiple meanings even in the same sentence.
AnonymousThere is a reason why saying," I texted him," doesn't sound right.It's fine. TEXT is widely used as a verb in BrE. It is listed in several dictionaries at www.onelook.com, including the Oxford, American Heritage and Merriam-Webster's.
This is a very recent development, as this Ngram shows.
Anonymous:embolden perfect! Thanks!
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