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‘Give’ as a verb

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘Give’ as a verb.

1

Sir John gave her, in a whisper, a brief account of the whole shocking affair.

From ‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen.

2

“I dare say now if I were to ask you for a kiss you wouldn’t give it me.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.

3

To my faults also she gave ample indulgence, never imposing curb or rein on anything I said.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.

4

Mr Bingley and his sisters came to give their personal invitation for the long-expected ball at Netherfield.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.

5

“Besides that, I really should not have a bed to give her, for I must keep a spare room for a friend.”

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.

6

“I give you but half-an-hour for dressing the wound, fastening the bandages, getting the patient downstairs and all.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.

7

“The housekeeper had taken her to the dairy, told her all about their cows, and given her the recipe for a famous cream cheese.”

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.

8

“I do beseech and entreat you not to be putting yourself forward, and talking and giving your opinion as if you were one of your cousins.”

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.

9

A great portent appeared to them, of which Xerxes made no account, although it was easy to conjecture its meaning, — a mare gave birth to a hare.

From ‘History’, by Herodotus.

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