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    Can I use "to temper tantrum" to replace "to throw tantrum"?

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    Re: Tantrum

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    Can I use "to temper tantrum" to replace "to throw tantrum"?
    No, because temper is an adjective not a verb.

    tantrum noun (Cambridge dictionary)
    a sudden period of uncontrolled anger like a young child's

    e.g. Johnny had/threw a tantrum in the shop because I wouldn't buy him any sweets.

    If she doesn't get her own way she has temper tantrums.

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    Re: Tantrum

    Thanks mara for your reply. I understand that tantrum means temperament, right. So what does "temper" mean right here --- to temper tantrum?


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    Quote Originally Posted by catoidtang View Post
    Thanks mara for your reply. I understand that tantrum means temperament, right. So what does "temper" mean right here --- to temper tantrum?
    In this case, "tantrum" means an emotional outburst, especially when it's demonstrated by emotional and extreme behavior (throwing oneself on the floor, or rushing around pulling out one's hair, screaming at others, and so on).

    A mother yelling at the kids is not a tantrum because it is not extreme enough.

    You can't say "to tantrum" because the word "tantrum" is not a verb.
    You can say "to have a tantrum" or "to pitch a tantrum."
    "To throw a tantrum (or temper tantrum)" is probably the most common expression.

    Describing a tantrum as a "temper" tantrum means that the tantrum is caused by anger, by "temper" (or "bad temper")

    Here's a toddler throwing a tantrum
    YouTube - Why waste a temper tantrum if nobody is around to see it????

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    Thanks Ann --- you have solved my problem

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