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    #1

    lighten the situation

    Hello and Merry Christmas,

    Is it possible to use the word 'lighten' in this situation?

    'Every time when my parents quarrel with each other, I'm at my wits' end, because I don't know what I need and can do to lighten the situation.'

    Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by vectra; 29-Dec-2012 at 11:56. Reason: typos

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    #2

    Re: lighten the situation

    Yes, you can.

    Also: defuse, alleviate, calm, relieve.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: lighten the situation



    Quote Originally Posted by vectra View Post
    'Every time when my parents quarrel with each other, I'm at my wits' end, because I don't know what I need and can do to lighten the situation.'

    Can I drop when over here? Is it obligatory?


    Thank you,



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    Re: lighten the situation

    Yup - in fact it's better. If you must use a subordinating conjunction, use 'that'. We already know you're talking about time - so saying 'when' is pleonastic (look it up!)

    b

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