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    Please check out the following sentences. Which is acceptable?

    (1) Nothing is to be more ashamed of than cheating on the examination.
    (2) Nothing is more ashamed than cheating on the examination.

    (3) Nothing is more shamed than cheating on the examination.

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    Default Re: shamed, ashamed

    Which one do you think is correct?

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    Default Re: shamed, ashamed

    I think #1 is correct.

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    Default Re: shamed, ashamed

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    Please check out the following sentences. Which is acceptable?

    (1) Nothing is to be more ashamed of than cheating on the examination.
    (2) Nothing is more ashamed than cheating on the examination.

    (3) Nothing is more shamed than cheating on the examination.
    Of those 3, you would be correct in choosing number 1. It's a rather wordy sentence, but the use of "ashamed OF" is the important thing here.

    In sentence 2, the suggestion is that "cheating on an examination" is a person or being which is capable of being ashamed.

    Being ashamed, or ashamed of, is an emotion felt by people.

    I am ashamed.
    I am ashamed of my actions.
    I am ashamed of my old-fashioned clothes.

    "To shame" is a verb, which one person does, or causes to be done, to another.

    He shamed me into buying more modern clothes.
    He gave 100 to charity and his generosity shamed me into giving 150.

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    Default Re: shamed, ashamed

    I would say "Nothing is more shameful than cheating on an examination."

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    Default Re: shamed, ashamed

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    I would say "Nothing is more shameful than cheating on an examination."
    That is an entirely acceptable sentence and much better than the originals. I was working on the assumption that the original question needed to differentiate specifically between ashamed and shamed

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