This is my first post, please help me out!
I believe that in English, we must collocate the noun suicide with the verb to commit.
For example it is wrong to say:
Cato suicided himself.
We would have to say:
Cato committed suicide.
Another person disgarees however and feels that using the word suicide as a verb is OK.
I feel in my bones that I am right. Can any members here assist me in resolving this question.
You are right; that is the formal collocation. Nevertheless, ‘suicide’ does appear as a verb. You can see it in THIS DICTIONARY.
So are you saying that if a student wrote “Cato suicided” in an essay, you would find that an acceptable usage?
Can you give me some examples of how to use this word correctly?
There is no indication that the verb ‘to suicide’ is substandard in any way, so yes: it is acceptable in an essay.
Foxconn Compensates Family of Worker Who Suicided Over Missing iPhone.
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Thanks for your help. (I’m actually rather surprised in an unhappy way to find that usage acceptable, it seems so ugly and unnatural, and most people seem to feel that ‘to commit’ must collocate with ‘suicide’. See link below.)
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1-- Personally, I do not care for it much either.
2-- One cannot hold back language with any kind of elitist attitude
3-- That site does not seem particularly professional.
Ok, point taken, thanks for your help.
What about in this sentence?
"Committing suicide is difficult because it takes much courage to do it. "
Will it be OK to remove ‘committing’ and leave ‘suicide’ alone as the subject?
Yes, that would work casually, but you would be better then to change ‘do’ to ‘commit’.
Ah, OK. Thanks, but could you tell me why? I am writing a paragraph and I am going to use ‘commit’ in my next sentence. As much as possible, I don’t want to repeat the word ‘commit’. What are the other words that I can use? Thanks again.
That is the collocation: ‘to commit suicide’. If you don’t wish to use ‘commit’ so often, then don’t use ‘suicide’ so often. It is just like ‘play baseball’ - anything else (‘do baseball’, ‘practice baseball’) is not natural English.