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    consign to oblivion

    Dear teachers,
    Could you check whether I use this new expression correctly?

    Those two years consigned to oblivion the previous decade.

    I'll be really grateful for your comments.

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    Re: consign to oblivion

    Quote Originally Posted by cat's_eyes View Post
    Dear teachers,
    Could you check whether I use this new expression correctly?

    Those two years consigned to oblivion the previous decade.

    I'll be really grateful for your comments.
    No, "consign to oblivion" means to kill or banish permanently (animate being) or destroy (things).
    You could say "The burning of the library at Alexandria consigned much of ancient history to oblivion". The history is destroyed, not the actual events that happened.
    "The new watered-down climate treaty has consigned to oblivion the small gains of environmentalists over the last decade." The gains are destroyed, not the decade.
    Your sentence doesn't sound right. What is your meaning?
    Last edited by Raymott; 04-Jan-2010 at 18:59.

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    Re: consign to oblivion

    You can't consign a decade to oblivion.


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    Re: consign to oblivion

    Thank you for your explanations. I meant that 'better times made people forget about the previous decade that wasn't so fantastic'. I thought I've found a nice expression

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    Re: consign to oblivion

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    You can't consign a decade to oblivion.
    What about this;

    Because of the terrible memories of the decade, which was full of tragic defeats almost on every fronts the nation fought, some historicians have simply prefered not to put the decade in their textbooks, thus consigned the decade to oblivion.

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    Re: consign to oblivion

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    What about this;

    Because of the terrible memories of the decade, which was full of tragic defeats almost on every fronts the nation fought, some historicians have simply prefered not to put the decade in their textbooks, thus consigned the decade to oblivion.
    That would be weird, but possible.

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