English Teacher Article Avenge

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I read this in my newspaper today; is it wrong?

Sean Penn plays an ex-convict who swears to avenge his daughter's killer.

I thought he'd avenge her death.

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I would say so. ;-)

It should say that he will avenge his daughter's murder.

'Murder' is better than 'death'.

No, the author did not use the term correctly. Unless he thought that his daughter's killer should have been set free, and therefore felt it necessary to avenge his conviction. That makes sense, right? Exact revenge on the killer, avenge his daughter's murder.

I agree totally- it struck me as sloppy writing.

It is ok to say either " to avenge his daughter's murder" or " to avenge his daughter's death". Another option would be to say " to avenge himself on his daughter's murderer". If you use the verb to avenge, you always avenge yourself ON somebody else.

I agree, but the original is wrong, isn't it? ;-)

Yes,according to me, it should be "Sean Penn plays an ex-convict who swears to avenge his daughter's murder/death."

I think it should be daughter's murder not daughter's killer.

Janmejay sahu

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