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    Default Word "degrade"

    I am wondering if my use of the word "degrade" is correct in these sentences?
    1. The mayor was accused of degrading himself by selling cheaply the communal land to the big company.
    2. Their life was nothing but a long degradation.
    3. The health of the patient was rapidly degrading.
    4. Commercials usually degrade women, turning them into sexual objects.
    5.The continuous degradation of living conditions in the slums could be seen by everyone.

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    Default Re: Word "degrade"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I am wondering if my use of the word "degrade" is correct in these sentences?
    1. The major was accused of degrading himself by selling cheaply the communal land to the big company.
    2. Their life was nothing but a long degradation.
    3. The health of the patient was rapidly degrading.
    4. Commercials usually degrade women, turning them into sexual objects.
    5.The continuous degradation of living conditions in the slums could be seen by everyone.
    #4 and #5 sound OK, the other three aren't very natural. In #1, I think you mean "mayor", not "major". The "mayor" is the leader of a town or area (sometimes elected, sometimes not); a "major" is a rank in the army.

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