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    Default Doom to death or doom to die?

    How is it proper to say, to doom smb to death or to doom smb to die?

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    Default Re: Doom to death or doom to die?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    How is it proper to say, to doom smb to death or to doom smb to die?
    We would usually use "condemn" there. "He was condemned to death".

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    Default Re: Doom to death or doom to die?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    How is it proper to say, to doom smb to death or to doom smb to die?
    As our lives are finite, aren't we all doomed to die some day? (just a joke, I'm not trying to get philosophical or anything of the like).
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: Doom to death or doom to die?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    We would usually use "condemn" there. "He was condemned to death".
    I always thought that "to comdemn to death" sounded more like a decision of a court. My context here can be rendered in these few words: "We can't leave this child here and doom it to die/death".

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    Default Re: Doom to death or doom to die?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    I always thought that "to comdemn to death" sounded more like a decision of a court. My context here can be rendered in these few words: "We can't leave this child here and doom it to die/death".
    That's not natural. We'd say, "We can't just leave the child here and let it die."

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    Default Re: Doom to death or doom to die?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    How is it proper to say, to doom smb to death or to doom smb to die?
    If you must use "doom", use it with "die".

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    Default Re: Doom to death or doom to die?

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    As our lives are finite, aren't we all doomed to die some day? (just a joke, I'm not trying to get philosophical or anything of the like).
    I don't believe that we are doomed to die (well, maybe some of us are) as much as we are fated or destined to die.

    (Doom, despair, excessive agony. If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. )

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    Default Re: Doom to death or doom to die?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    I always thought that "to comdemn to death" sounded more like a decision of a court. My context here can be rendered in these few words: "We can't leave this child here and doom it to die/death".
    We can't leave this child here. We would be sending him to his doom.
    We can't leave this child here to die.
    We can't leave this child to its fate.
    We can't leave this child here. We would be dooming it to die.

    (The last example is my least favourite and I think the least natural.)
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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