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    Default pet peeve

    Does this make sense to mean "he is a petpeeve" ?

    - He gives me a pet peeve

    What does the underlined expression mean in the following sentence? and can you give me any more examples for similar use ?

    - You only set yourself up for failture and disappointment.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: pet peeve

    Quote Originally Posted by paris 06 View Post
    Does this make sense to mean "he is a petpeeve" ?

    - He gives me a pet peeve

    What does the underlined expression mean in the following sentence? and can you give me any more examples for similar use ?

    - You only set yourself up for failture and disappointment.

    Thank you.
    No, people can't be pet peeves. And people can't give you pet peeves. You develop or acquire them.

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    Default Re: pet peeve

    Quote Originally Posted by paris 06 View Post
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    What does the underlined expression mean in the following sentence? and can you give me any more examples for similar use ?

    - You only set yourself up for failture and disappointment.

    Thank you.
    If you set yourself up for something you put yourself in a position where that thing is likely to happen.

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    Default Re: pet peeve

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, people can't be pet peeves. And people can't give you pet peeves. You develop or acquire them.
    Would you say that the following is incorrect?
    "A couple of my pet peeves are people who blow smoke in my face and women who rearrange their hair in restaurants."

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    Default Re: pet peeve

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Would you say that the following is incorrect?
    "A couple of my pet peeves are people who blow smoke in my face and women who rearrange their hair in restaurants."
    That's a good point. I meant that a specific person (as indicated by the OP) can't be a pet peeve, as in "Peter is my pet peeve".
    I'm not sure whether a type of person can be a 'peeve'. I've never used the term that way.
    Last edited by Raymott; 10-Nov-2010 at 15:20.

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    Default Re: pet peeve

    There's a subtle difference. You don't dislike the people -- you dislike their actions. It's the blowing of the smoke and the rearranging of the hair that's the problem.

    The same person having a conversation with you on the street about the weather is no longer a "pet peeve" -- until they start interrupting you. Being interrupted is a pet peeve. Etc.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: pet peeve

    Can the use of a specific word be a pet peeve?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: pet peeve

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Can the use of a specific word be a pet peeve?

    Thanks!
    Yes, my "pet peeve" is the expression "pet peeve".

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