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    out of spite VS on purpose VS purposely

    Hi,

    Could somebody help me with these three terms and their usage?

    Out of spite
    On purpose
    Purposely

    When is better to use "out of spite" and when "on purpose" or "purposely"?
    Thanks in advance for you time.

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    Re: out of spite VS on purpose VS purposely

    To do something on purpose or purposely means that you fully intended to do it. It was not an accident or happenstance.

    To do something out of spite is to do it purposely in order to create problems for another person or just to irk them because they have irked you.


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    Re: out of spite VS on purpose VS purposely

    Thank you Dave.

    How could I use the phrase "that would have to happen" but with "out of spite" or "on purpose".

    Is this correct?

    1) that would be out of spite
    2) that would be on purpose

    I am afraid it is not :)

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    Re: out of spite VS on purpose VS purposely

    I am not sure what you are trying to say. There is nothing grammatically wrong with either phrase you just wrote.

    I could say "Don't move that pan, I put it there on purpose." (To catch leaking water in a bad roof, for example.)

    I could say "My girlfriend made me mad, so I kissed her sister out of spite."

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