Yesterday I intended to stride. Today I strode. Now I have...

...stridden? ...strid? ...strode? ...strided?

I'm assuming (though I could be wrong) that "stridden" is the "technically" correct option, but it sounds quite odd to me (presumably because it's so uncommon) when I actually try to use it in a sentence.

Is there a more commonly used alternative, that won't sound so jarring?

  • Where will you use this sentence? Remember that since the word is unusual, you are calling a lot of attention by using it. And that words like ruthless do not justify using ruthful. Since a stride is a giant step, you could find other ways to refer to your big lunge, prideful walk, brave forward attempt that sound less forced. – Yosef Baskin Jul 23 '17 at 13:56

The OED lists only stridden and coll, strode. I would always use "have stridden" and I see "I have strode" as dialect in the same way as "I have ate" or "I have took".

However, looking in the online corpora, among their very few instances of any form of stride, there are hardly any instances of stridden at all (figures for "stridden/strode" immediately following any form of "have"):

  • NOW: 4 stridden, 44 strode
  • GloWbE: 0 stridden, 15 strode
  • COCA: 1 stridden, 4 strode
  • COHA: 4 stridden, 19 strode
  • BNC: 0 stridden, 1 strode

So my conclusion, rather to my suprise, is that strode appears to be much more common as the pp of stride than stridden, even in the historical corpus (COHA). This applies in both US and international corpora; and the only specifically British corpus (BNC) hasn't enough instances to be significant.

  • Well, colour me surprised right along with you. I would say stridden too, with exactly the same feeling that you describe. Odd that a strong verb with such obvious parallels as ride/rode/ridden and strive/strove/striven would be so commonly reshaped to this somewhat irregular pattern. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jul 23 '17 at 13:48
  • People generally say "strode", eg "Steven strode into the room". I've never seen "stridden". I thought I'd seen "strided" but it seems almost as uncommon as "stridden" according to this books.google.com/ngrams/… – Max Williams Aug 22 '17 at 11:06
  • As a Brit, strode would have been my first choice. – TripeHound Aug 22 '17 at 12:19
  • @MaxWilliams, the question was about the past participle. Steven strode, certainly, but I would always say Steven has stridden, not Steven has strode. – Colin Fine Aug 23 '17 at 14:55

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