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    Trace fossils overturn previously held theories.

    Here '' overturn'' implays '' to reject, to refute'' the previous theory.

    Can I say '' The Shah was overturned by ..., since the word '' overthrow'' is hard to pronounce.

    Thank you for your response.

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    Re: overturn

    No. You could say "deposed" if you wanted.

    Theories, decisions, and judgements are overturned. People are not.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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