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What's wrong with this sentance?

  1. Jan 10, 2012 #1
    Today I had a vocabulary test at school. One of the words on the test was recluse, and I had to use it in a sentence. I wrote the following:

    Osama was believed to live in recluse.

    The teacher put a -1 mark next to the sentence. Usually the teacher will write next to the sentence why it was wrong, but she just wrote -1. Why would she take points off? I didn't have time to bring it up with her today. I also had been drawing in the margins and such on the test, since I finished early, so I was thinking she may have been mad about that and took it out on Osama. My other thought was that she didn't know what Osama was. I really want this one right, since I got an 89%, and with that 1 point, I would have gotten a 92%, which looks a lot better.
     
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  3. Jan 10, 2012 #2

    DaveC426913

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    Have you looked up the usage of the word? You understand the meaning the root word, but you have used the word incorrectly.
     
  4. Jan 10, 2012 #3

    jtbell

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    Plugging "definition of recluse" into Google gives me this:

    "Noun: A person who lives a solitary life and tends to avoid other people."

    I don't think you intended to write something that means "Osama was believed to live in a person who lives a solitary life and tends to avoid other people."

    A related noun that would fit your sentence better is "reclusion" ("the state of living apart from society, like a hermit").

    "Osama was believed to live in reclusion."
     
  5. Jan 10, 2012 #4

    Evo

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    In other words, a person can be a recluse, but they cannot live in recluse.

    Substitute the word "hermit" for recluse. "Osama was believed to live in hermit." See how that doesn't work?
     
  6. Jan 10, 2012 #5
    I thought sentence was spelt exactly that way, not sentance?
     
  7. Jan 10, 2012 #6

    Evo

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    It is *spelled* sentence. And spelt is an ancient form of wheat. Brit! or NZ person (even worse) :biggrin: You probably have *tyres* on your car.
     
  8. Jan 10, 2012 #7
    Ah yes! Of course!

    Clearly

    My dad has tyres on his car. I never want to drive.
     
  9. Jan 10, 2012 #8
    Recluse should be capitalized.
     
  10. Jan 10, 2012 #9

    lisab

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    Ah...Recluse, New Jersey. I've never been.
     
  11. Jan 11, 2012 #10
    Osama lived in reclusion but it was a delusion..
     
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  12. Jan 11, 2012 #11
    Wyoming actually. When I was 17 I was born there and haven't been seen since. Not that I'm much to look at. Anyway, when the population hit 13, the contradiction got to be too much for me and I moved to Wisconsin where I live as a recluse on Hermit Island.
     
  13. Jan 11, 2012 #12
    Here I thought Recluse only existed in fantasy fiction. Do they export much black iron from Wyoming?
     
  14. Jan 11, 2012 #13

    Curious3141

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    Forget Recluse, Wyoming. I've always wanted to visit Intercourse, Pennsylvania. :tongue:
     
  15. Jan 11, 2012 #14

    russ_watters

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    Pennsylvania's the Quaker State, so it's pretty disappointing.
     
  16. Jan 11, 2012 #15
    Perhaps Lititz would be more to your liking.
     
  17. Jan 11, 2012 #16

    lisab

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    You better go there via Truth Or Consequences.
     
  18. Jan 11, 2012 #17
    You're all going to Hell, Michigan.
     
  19. Jan 11, 2012 #18

    DaveC426913

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    I actually went to Hell, Cayman Islands over Christmas.
     
  20. Jan 11, 2012 #19

    jtbell

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    Been there already:

    http://www.aabts.org/ohr/ [Broken]

    About thirty years ago I rode a train through Hell, Norway:

    hell.JPG
     
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  21. Jan 11, 2012 #20
    None of you ever been in "****ing", Austria?
     
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