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Thread: Trepidation

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    Will Guest

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    Should one use 'on' or 'of' after trepidation?

    Ex.
    I have a few trepidations on attending college.

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    I have a few trepidations of attending college.

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    I would say about.

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    Oh! Yeah, that would make sense. Never thought about using 'about' before. Thanks.

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    I'd generally use it in a prepositional pharse 'in fear and trepidation', complete with a spot of tautology.

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    Tautology. Yeah, I had to look that one up, but that's what I was going to say. The phrase is redundant.

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    As a sesquipedalian, you might like to add 'pleonasm' to your collection.

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    English has an abundance of tautological pairs like fear and trepidation and cease and desist.

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    PS- did you see my post about contranyms? I don't know how to post links in this forum, but I thought 'yield' might be one for the list as it works in both directions.

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    What are the contrary definitions of "yield"? (I see everything.)

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    Ield give in- away
    yield produce -towards

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