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    Question 'Downfall', a character type?

    Hi all,
    What does it mean when we refer to a person as 'downfall'? Could it ever be the same as jinxed?



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    Re: 'Downfall', a character type?

    "Downfall" is not an adjective, nor is it a noun for a type of person. Definition of downfall

    You can say that a person has "fallen down" of course, when they fall on the floor, or fall down the stairs.

    You can say that someone is "downtrodden", meaning that someone else has treated them as an inferior, sometimes leading to the downtrodden person actually feeling inferior. A very domineering husband might have a downtrodden wife.

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    Re: 'Downfall', a character type?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Downfall" is not an adjective, nor is it a noun for a type of person. Definition of downfall

    You can say that a person has "fallen down" of course, when they fall on the floor, or fall down the stairs.

    You can say that someone is "downtrodden", meaning that someone else has treated them as an inferior, sometimes leading to the downtrodden person actually feeling inferior. A very domineering husband might have a downtrodden wife.

    Thank you so much. In English Vocabulary in Use, by McCarthy and O'Dell, Unit 13, 'Talking about yourself', there's a table titled "characteristics". The definition for downfall in the footnote is 'cause of destruction', and I wanted to make sure if it was used to describe a personality type.


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    Re: 'Downfall', a character type?

    Has anyone else worked on the 13th unit of this book? [Page 44]


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    Re: 'Downfall', a character type?

    I own the book. There is no comma after downfall; the word is part of the phrase which continues on the next line. The whole phrase reads downfall could be desire for material goods. It means 'your quest for material goods could be your downfall".

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    Re: 'Downfall', a character type?

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    I own the book. There is no comma after downfall; the word is part of the phrase which continues on the next line. The whole phrase reads downfall could be desire for material goods. It means 'your quest for material goods could be your downfall".


    Oh! What a silly mistake I've made!


    So many thanks for the help!

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