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    right a/the wrong

    Hello.

    Robin Hood said, 'Our work is right the wrong'. I've found the idiom 'right a wrong' in OALD with the meaning of doing sth to correct an unfair situation or sth bad that you have done. How do you feel these two are the same or not?

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    Re: right a/the wrong

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hello.

    Robin Hood said, 'Our work is right the wrong'. I've found the idiom 'right a wrong' in OALD with the meaning of doing sth to correct an unfair situation or sth bad that you have done. How do you feel these two are the same or not?

    Thanks, Alex.
    He might have said "Our work is to right the wrong."
    Yes, they have the same basic meaning.

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    Re: right a/the wrong

    Thank you for bringing my attention to that. I've made a mistake.

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    Re: right a/the wrong

    How can we paraphrase that?

    Can I paraphrase like 'We fight against evil (or injustice)'?

    What would you say?

    Thanks, Alex.

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    Re: right a/the wrong

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hello.

    Robin Hood said, 'Our work is right the wrong'. I've found the idiom 'right a wrong' in OALD with the meaning of doing sth to correct an unfair situation or sth bad that you have done. How do you feel these two are the same or not?

    Thanks, Alex.
    (Not a teacher)

    It seems unnatural to me if Robin Hood said, 'Our work is to right a wrong'.
    Here, 'to right the wrong cˇuld not be interchangeable with 'to right a wrong', I suppose. There may be a subtle difference. What do you think, dear teachers?

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    Re: right a/the wrong

    In 'to right the wrong', 'wrong' is a substantivized adjective (used as a noun). It indicates an abstract notion - like 'injustice', etc. (similar cases: She dreamed of the impossible. The unexpected is always frightening).
    In 'to right a wrong', 'wrong' is a noun, expressing a bad, unjust action.

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