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    predicament/ an awkward predicament

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me your opinion about the interpretations of the expressions in bald in the following sentences?

    I felt a sharp anger against him for the predicament in which he had placed me. (A. Cronin)

    What a predicament!

    ``O woeful sympathy; piteous predicament!'' --Shak.

    a predicament a difficult condition
    predicament = boredom, weariness (figurative meaning)

    Here was a predicament, because I was in a desperate hurry.

    a predicament = an unpleasant situation

    I am in an awkward predicament.

    an awkward predicament = embarrassment

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    V

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    Re: predicament/ an awkward predicament

    ***Not a teacher***

    Hi Vil,

    According to one dictionary, predicament is defined as:
    "an unpleasantly difficult, perplexing, or dangerous situation."

    So regarding your definitions:
    a predicament a difficult condition
    predicament = boredom, weariness (figurative meaning)

    The first one I agree with (although I might use 'situation' rather than 'condition'), the second I have not heard used as far as I recall.

    a predicament = an unpleasant situation
    This is a valid definition in the context given (although it could equally mean 'a difficult situation' as per your previous definition).


    an awkward predicament = embarrassment
    Again, this is a valid definition, although I think the most common usage of 'predicament' simply means a difficult or tricky situation.

    Ade

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