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    engrave or burn

    Should I use passive?

    What we learn through our practical experience is unforgettable because it engraves/ burns on our memory.

    Thank you for your reply.

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    Re: engrave or burn


    I've looked through the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English and "engrave" works in that context. I don't think "burn" can mean the same thing.
    en‧grave / ɪnˈɡreɪv / verb [ transitive ]

    1 to cut words or designs on metal, wood, glass etc engrave something on something Their names are engraved on a stone tablet.

    engrave something with something a pendant engraved with a simple design

    2 be engraved in/on your memory/mind/heart literary to be impossible to forget
    engraver noun [ countable ]

    See the second definition.

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