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    Default "... as if I'm an inanimate object."



    If I want to paraphrase the above sentence, can I say: He feels superior to me. OR He belittles me.

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    Default Re: "... as if I'm an inanimate object."

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post




    If I want to paraphrase the above sentence, can I say: He feels superior to me. OR He belittles me.

    He doesn't think of you as something with emotions/thought processes. I'd say lower than belittled.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Default Re: "... as if I'm an inanimate object."

    It is a very extreme insult. Not only does he say you are not a person. He says you are not even the equal of a dog or a fish. Even further, he says you are not even the equal of a plant. He considers you as if you were a rock, something entirely lacking consciousness and sentience.
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    Default Re: "... as if I'm an inanimate object."

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    He considers you as if you were a rock, something entirely lacking consciousness and sentience.
    1) I consider her as my best friend.
    2) I consider her to be my best friend.
    3) I consider her my best friend.

    2 and 3 are both OK and commonly used. 1 is not natural English.
    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Why is #1 not natural English, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Because we don't say "I consider something as ..."
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...-sentence.html
    I have been told that native English speakers don’t say "I consider something as …". Does that mean that in Canadian version it is acceptable to use "I consider something as …"? Also, my question was about somebody not something. ems' reply was clear to the point. But when I saw your sentence, I started thinking about other English versions.

    Question:

    Does "I consider somebody not something as …" make sense to you?

    Apologize for consuming your time, but I need you to clear it up.

    Thank you.



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