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    He brooded revenge.

    Hello dear teachers!

    I was wondering if was correct with my interpretations:

    1. He brooded revenge.

    An incorrect sentence, because the verb brood is intransitive, therefore it should be amended as follows:

    He brooded over revenge.

    2. The customs liked the new goods.

    This is also incorrect, since ''customs'' doesnt refer to actual human beings and it should be replaced with ''customers''

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: He brooded revenge.

    Brood in this sense is normally intransitive, but this sentence seems acceptable:

    His wife died soon afterwards. He brooded revenge, and the numerous friends of the murdered Aetius being animated by the same feelings, he joined them joyfully.

    From: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, page 998 (v. 2)

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    Re: He brooded revenge.

    Thanks, and what do you think about the second sentence?

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    Re: He brooded revenge.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    2. The customs liked the new goods.

    This is also incorrect, since ''customs'' doesn't refer to actual human beings; and it should be replaced with ''customers''.
    As we are talking about liking goods, 'customers' is more likely.
    'Customs' is sometimes used informally to refer to customs officials:

    Customs asked a lot of questions about my DVDs, but they let me through finally.

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    Re: He brooded revenge.

    He brooded vengefully.

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