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    I fear being cavilled at ...

    Hello dear teachers!

    Which one do you believe is correct?

    It is to be used in a newspaper, so I personaly think the second one is better since there is nobody to remonstrate with the writer at the time of writing.

    I fear being cavilled at for making such comments.
    I fear that I will be cavilled at for making such comments.

    Thanks.

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    Re: I fear being cavilled at ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Hello dear teachers!

    Which one do you believe is correct?

    It is to be used in a newspaper, so I personaly think the second one is better since there is nobody to remonstrate with the writer at the time of writing.

    I fear being cavilled at for making such comments.
    I fear that I will be cavilled at for making such comments.

    Thanks.
    You are not using "cavilled" correctly.

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    Re: I fear being cavilled at ...

    And "cavil" is not exactly a common word, at least here in America. I just had to look it up.

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    Re: I fear being cavilled at ...

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    And "cavil" is not exactly a common word, at least here in America. I just had to look it up.
    I had to look it up too. I had never heard it.

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    Re: I fear being cavilled at ...

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    And "cavil" is not exactly a common word, at least here in America. I just had to look it up.
    It's not common here either, I had to check the dictionary to be sure I had the meaning right.

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    Re: I fear being cavilled at ...

    Thanks for your answers

    Would you please explain why? is it nit usually used i passive form? what do you suggest that I use instead?

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    Re: I fear being cavilled at ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Thanks for your answers

    Would you please explain why? is it nit usually used i passive form? what do you suggest that I use instead?
    The definition I looked at didn't give examples of it in the passive and from what I could see, I didn't get the impression that the passive would be a natural form.

    He finds something to cavil at in everything I say.
    That man is very difficult to deal with in a meeting. He cavils each item of the proposed agenda.

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    Re: I fear being cavilled at ...

    I've usually seen it as a noun: to be subjected to cavil, for example. I see nothing wrong with the sentences given, except that the preposition "at" strikes me as superfluous.

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    Re: I fear being cavilled at ...

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I've usually seen it as a noun: to be subjected to cavil, for example. I see nothing wrong with the sentences given, except that the preposition "at" strikes me as superfluous.
    Having never heard it before, I only had the definition I looked up to go on, which states it's normally followed by "at" or "about". It does also give two definitions of the word as a noun.

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    Re: I fear being cavilled at ...

    Yes, but ending the clause with the preposition sounds a bit clumsy to me when you can say it without.

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