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    Default give/teach someone a lesson

    Is it okay to use both, give and teach, in this expression :
    The next time she's late, go without her. That should teach her a lesson.
    The next time she's late, go without her. That should give her a lesson.

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    Default Re: give/teach someone a lesson

    Hello Blouen,

    In BrE, "That should give her a lesson" would sound slightly unidiomatic; though the meaning would probably be clear.

    "That should teach her a lesson" is fine; though it does always sound almost as if the speaker takes pleasure in the thought of the lesson that is to be taught!

    All the best,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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