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    giuly90 is offline Junior Member
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    obsess on

    Dear teachers,

    I am not sure about the meaning of this verb in the following excerpt:

    "We do things in virtual worlds that
    would shock us in the real one, and our daydreams are not always
    pleasant ones; even happy people obsess on their worst fears".

    Does to "obsess on" mean "to be obsessed with" or is there a difference?

    Thank you,

    G.

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    Re: obsess on

    Quote Originally Posted by giuly90 View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I am not sure about the meaning of this verb in the following excerpt:

    "We do things in virtual worlds that
    would shock us in the real one, and our daydreams are not always
    pleasant ones; even happy people obsess on their worst fears".

    Does to "obsess on" mean "to be obsessed with" or is there a difference?

    Thank you,

    G.
    It would mean the same thing, but I think it should say "obsess about their worst fears".

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    giuly90 is offline Junior Member
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    Re: obsess on

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It would mean the same thing, but I think it should say "obsess about their worst fears".
    That's what I also thought. But if you google the expression you'll find many quotes, that's why I'm wondering if this use is gramatically correct.

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