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    devourer

    Hello!

    He is a book-devourer.

    Can I use this word in this way?
    Could a predator be a synonym for a devourer in any circumstances?

    Thank you in advance!
    Last edited by greegorush; 18-Dec-2009 at 18:45.


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    Re: devourer

    Quote Originally Posted by greegorush View Post
    Hello!

    He is a book-devourer.

    Can I use this word in this way?
    Could a predator be a synonym for a devourer in any circumstances?

    Thank you in advance!
    Hi!

    I'm not a teacher.

    1. In my opinion you can say "a book-devourer"; you can also say "He devours books", but it should be put into the apprioriate context and said in a figurative way.

    2. Could a predator be a synonym for a devourer in any circumstances?

    I can imagin the situation where a predator may be a devourer, e.g. a lion, but it doesn't mean the nouns are synonyms. Generally, you can't always subsidise the word devourer with predator simply because not every devourer is a predator.

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    Re: devourer

    And not every predator is a devourer, judging from my domestic cats.

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    #4

    Re: devourer

    "Predate" relates to what you eat; "devour", to how you eat it. Thus the two words relate to different spheres of description, and cannot be synonyms.

    However, "devouring" can imply predation:

    1. The cat devoured the mouse.

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    #5

    Re: devourer

    Someone who is a predator to book,to me, sounds like someone who plans to destroy them, not read them.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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