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Hi,

Are these sentences correct?

1: God forbid, he died such a fearful death.

2: God forbidden, he died such a fearful death.
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Jackson6612Hi,

Are these sentences correct?

1: God forbid, he died such a fearful death.

2: God forbidden, he died such a fearful death.

My 2 cents

Forbidden by God, he came to a sticky end. = God forbidden, he died ....

Forbidden by God = no longer in the Lord's affection

The first sentence does not make any sense to me.
Forbidden by God is incorrect (that would mean that God has refused permission for something).

God forbid, he died such a fearful death. God forbid is a hard phrase to explain but I do think it is the appropriate one here. It's almost like a little prayer to God, 'please don't allow this', although of course in this context it did happen! Almost as though the person were saying 'how terrible' or 'wouldn't it be awful/wasn't it awful' or more likely in this sentence 'please don't let this happen to me'. It's also used quite sarcastically at times, 'God forbid I offend Aunt Agatha!' when Aunt Agatha is a horrible old woman who goes around being offensive to everyone...

Godforbidden - an adjective, It means bleak, desolate, as though 'abandoned by God'. I suppose it could be used in this context but it seems strange to hear it used in this way, it is more often used of places than people, when used of people it is a sort of insulting/jokey adjective. I don't think it would often be used in a serious context like this.
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:"God forbid" is an idiomatic saying. It's almost always followed by a clause with a present tense verb, sometimes preceeded by "that", and often (but not always!) in a sarcastic manner.

God forbid (that) he dies such a fearful death.
God forbid (that) he gets lost in the woods at night.
God forbid (that) he ever calls his parents every once in a while.
God forbid (that) he pays his rent on time.

The last two sentences are examples of the sarcastic usage of the phrase; "God forbids" implies something serious, negative, or otherwise "bad", but when followed by something trivial, positive, or otherwise "good", it creates a humorous effect.

Kevin: "Geez. My folks keep leaving messages on my answering machine. I wish they'd stop bothering me."
Mike: "Yeah. God forbid you call your parents every once in a while...:"
Kevin: "Shut up, Mike."

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Corey: "I have six-hundred bucks saved up. I think I'll go buy a new guitar."
Eric: "Um... Isn't the rent due today?"
Corey: "Yeah, but I really want a new guitar. Besides, I'm sure the land lord won't mind receiving a late payment."
Eric: "Yeah... God forbid you ever pay the rent on time. Loser."

As for "God forbidden.", I don't think anyone ever says that.

EDIT: Basically what nona_the_brit said. I'm such a slow typer.
Hi,

I'd like to offer a briefer explanation. When you say 'God forbid', you mean 'I hope that God will forbid (ie prevent) an event from happening in the future'.

eg The doctor says Tom may die next week, God forbid.

That's why you can't say it about an event that already happened in the past.

You might also want to consider the opposite meaning.

eg The doctor says Tom will recover his health next week, God willing.

Best wishes, Clive
"God forbid, he died such a fearful death." What does this sentence mean?
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Hi,

As I tried to explain, it's not really a correct sentence.

Clive
CliveHi,

As I tried to explain, it's not really a correct sentence.

Clive
Sorry Clive, I did not have the patience to read through all the letters

Thank you.
Clive
Hi,

I'd like to offer a briefer explanation. When you say 'God forbid', you mean 'I hope that God will forbid (i.e. prevent) an event from happening in the future'.

e.g. The doctor says Tom may die next week, God forbid.

That's why you can't say it about an event that already happened in the past.

You might also want to consider the opposite meaning.

e.g. The doctor says Tom will recover his health next week, God willing.

Best wishes, Clive

Hi Clive,

Your answer is in little contradiction with answers by Nona and Erin. Don't you think? I know neither of you fellows is wrong, I'm just asking for a small explanation.


Nona wrote:

Forbidden by God is incorrect (that would mean that God has refused permission for something).

God forbid, he died such a fearful death. God forbid is a hard phrase to explain but I do think it is the appropriate one here. It's almost like a little prayer to God, 'please don't allow this', although of course in this context it did happen! Almost as though the person were saying 'how terrible' or 'wouldn't it be awful/wasn't it awful' or more likely in this sentence 'please don't let this happen to me'. It's also used quite sarcastically at times, 'God forbid I offend Aunt Agatha!' when Aunt Agatha is a horrible old woman who goes around being offensive to everyone...

Godforbidden - an adjective, It means bleak, desolate, as though 'abandoned by God'. I suppose it could be used in this context but it seems strange to hear it used in this way, it is more often used of places than people, when used of people it is a sort of insulting/jokey adjective. I don't think it would often be used in a serious context like this.



Erin wrote:

:"God forbid" is an idiomatic saying. It's almost always followed by a clause with a present tense verb, sometimes preceeded by "that", and often (but not always!) in a sarcastic manner.

God forbid (that) he dies such a fearful death.
God forbid (that) he gets lost in the woods at night.
God forbid (that) he ever calls his parents every once in a while.
God forbid (that) he pays his rent on time.

The last two sentences are examples of the sarcastic usage of the phrase; "God forbids" implies something serious, negative, or otherwise "bad", but when followed by something trivial, positive, or otherwise "good", it creates a humorous effect.

Kevin: "Geez. My folks keep leaving messages on my answering machine. I wish they'd stop bothering me."
Mike: "Yeah. God forbid you call your parents every once in a while...:"
Kevin: "Shut up, Mike."

---

Corey: "I have six-hundred bucks saved up. I think I'll go buy a new guitar."
Eric: "Um... Isn't the rent due today?"
Corey: "Yeah, but I really want a new guitar. Besides, I'm sure the land lord won't mind receiving a late payment."
Eric: "Yeah... God forbid you ever pay the rent on time. Loser."

As for "God forbidden.", I don't think anyone ever says that.

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