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    Correct use of the word "Pivot"

    Im a Danish student, and in my assignment about Gunlaws I have to include the word "Pivot", i've done some research on it, but im not sure if it is used correctly. I hope someone can tell me, if it is, or not, and what else I can do. (Keep in mind this is a "Letter to the editor"-kind of assignment):

    "Having a gun is not only a proof of the American freedom, it is a hobby, lifer saver, and for some people it is the pivot of their life."

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    Re: Correct use of the word "Pivot"

    Quote Originally Posted by Nostic View Post
    Im a Danish student, and in my assignment about Gunlaws I have to include the word "Pivot", i've done some research on it, but im not sure if it is used correctly. I hope someone can tell me, if it is, or not, and what else I can do. (Keep in mind this is a "Letter to the editor"-kind of assignment):

    "Having a gun is not only a proof of the American freedom, it is a hobby, lifer saver, and for some people it is the pivot of their life."

    Thanks in advance.
    -Nostic
    I wouldn't consider 'pivot' to be a sensible word to make a student fit into such an essay about gun laws. Do you get a choice of 'pivotal' or other forms?
    If you're desperate, you could check here:
    Pivot gun - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: Correct use of the word "Pivot"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I wouldn't consider 'pivot' to be a sensible word to make a student fit into such an essay about gun laws. Do you get a choice of 'pivotal' or other forms?
    If you're desperate, you could check here:
    We have a list of words we MUST use, but the topic was my choice, from a list of 20-25 topics. Theese topics were all presentated in my class a few weeks ago, so we just had to choose one to write about. It does not state if i can choose other forms, though i may use it as a verb or noun. Thanks for the respond, ill check out the link.

    EDIT: Question: Even though it is not a sensible word, is it still used in a correct way? Or is it completely wrong.
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    Re: Correct use of the word "Pivot"

    It sounds odd to me. "Pivot" is usually used as a verb, when one turns from one thing to another.

    I would use "center of their lives" in your sentence.

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    Re: Correct use of the word "Pivot"

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It sounds odd to me. "Pivot" is usually used as a verb, when one turns from one thing to another.

    I would use "center of their lives" in your sentence.
    That does sound better, but im unsure how im gonna use the word pivot then. As said, it is a letter to the editor, and im discussing for less gun control​.

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    Re: Correct use of the word "Pivot"

    "Pivot" is in the dictionary as you have used it, but I don't think it would be understood. It's not a common use. Try:

    "As after every tragedy, the national conversation pivots to ineffective proposals to further hamper the law-abiding gun owner."

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