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    Can the verb "right" be used with "somebody" in the following sentence to mean "correct somebody".

    I have to right you here because what you just said is not entirely true.

    It doesn't sound very natural to me.
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    No.

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    Would it be understood that the speaker meant "correct you" when they said "right you" even though it would sound unnatural?
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    No, "right" as a verb does not mean "correct."

    I could probably figure out from context what someone meant, but it's wrong. Not just unnatural.

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    Default Re: right somebody

    You could say 'I have to put you right here....'

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