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    scared of pain

    - My colleague has an irregular tooth, my boss has a set of irregular teeth and his daughter is bucktoothed. They don't dare to have their teeth adjusted because they're scared of pain.

    Do these two sentences sound ok?

    Thank you so much
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    Re: scared of pain

    Quote Originally Posted by namloan View Post
    - My colleague has an irregular tooth, my boss has a set of irregular teeth and his daughter is bucktoothed. They don't dare to have their teeth adjusted because they're scared of pain.

    Do these two sentences sound ok?

    Thank you so much
    The phrase 'scared of pain' is OK, though people in this context often use the more specific 'scared of going to the dentist' (DON'T OMIT THE 'THE' )

    I feel that' irregular teeth' is an unusual collocation, but it makes sense; perhaps say 'uneven/crooked* teeth', or if possible say what's wrong - example 'My boss has a bad over-bite' (that's just an example - the condition may not apply).

    Also 'have their teeth adjusted' is an unusual collocation, but makes sense. You could use 'fixed' or 'straightened', or the less specific 'don't want to have anything done about it'.

    Finally, 'my colleague' is OK if your audience knows which one you're talking about. If not, say 'a colleague of mine' or just a paraphrase like 'someone I work with'.

    b

    PS* Unlike booked, hooked, looked and rooked, crooked has two syllables: /'krʊkɪd/ .
    Last edited by BobK; 15-May-2011 at 17:35. Reason: Added 3rd para and PS

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    Re: scared of pain

    his daughter is bucktoothed

    If you're going to describe the other teeth in your sentence as "irregular", which is somewhat formal usage, then you should probably describe the daughter as having an overbite rather than being "bucktoothed."

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