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    Default connotations of "refuse"

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to share with me your opinion concerning the feasibility of the following sentences?

    He was refused hearing.

    He has never been refused.

    He will propose and she won’t refuse him.

    He refused to listen.

    She refused to see him.

    He refused them nothing.

    They refused me permission.

    I was refused admittance.

    The menaging editor refused my manuscript.

    The cinema owners have the right to refuse admission to anyone under eighteen years of age.

    The motor refused to start.

    Brakes refused to act.

    He refused to withdraw.

    There is a dog crunching a refuse bone.

    Everything that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

    He refused obedience.

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Exclamation Re: connotations of "refuse"

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to share with me your opinion concerning the feasibility of the following sentences?

    He was refused hearing.

    He has never been refused.

    He will propose and she wonít refuse him.
    Or If he will propose she canít refuse.

    He refused to listen.

    She refused to see him.

    He refused them nothing.

    They refused me permission.

    I was refused admittance.
    (admission)

    The managing editor refused my manuscript.
    In that case you are at liberty to withdraw the manuscript.

    The cinema owners have the right to refuse admission to anyone under eighteen years of age.

    The motor refused to start, in the cold winter morning.

    Brakes refused to act when oil level falls..

    He refused to withdraw,
    from the contest.

    There is a dog crunching a refuse bone.
    (better; a bone from the refuse)

    Everything that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.
    = rubbish and useless thing

    He refused obedience
    (or to obey).

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    OK, all are fine.

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    Default Re: connotations of "refuse"

    Dear vil:

    They sound fine to me, with a few exceptions:

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to share with me your opinion concerning the feasibility of the following sentences?

    He was refused(a) hearing.

    He has never been refused.

    He will propose and she wonít refuse him.

    He refused to listen.

    She refused to see him.

    He refused them nothing.

    They refused me permission.

    I was refused admittance.

    The managing editor refused my manuscript.

    The cinema owners have the right to refuse admission to anyone under eighteen years of age.

    The motor refused to start.

    Brakes refused to act.

    He refused to withdraw.

    There is a dog crunching a refuse bone. This may sound perfectly natural to some (regional?), but 'an old bone', 'a discarded bone', would sound more natural to my ear.

    Everything that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly. This sounds awkward to me.

    He refused obedience. Do you mean, 'He refused to obey'? or perhaps, 'He refused to give his obedience'? As it is it's ambiguous. (He refused to accept the obedience of others? He refused to obey?)

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra

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