Results 1 to 4 of 4
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Italian
      • Home Country:
      • Italy
      • Current Location:
      • Italy

    • Join Date: Aug 2006
    • Posts: 769
    #1

    to wipe out - to take apart

    Finally he managed to tear his enemies apart.
    Finally he managed to wipe his enemies out.

    Mankind is wiping many forests and woods out.
    Mankind is tearing many forests and woods apart.

    Are they all possible?
    Do these two verbs "to tear apart" and "to wipe out" mean "to destroy"? Can we use them indifferently both for people and for things?

    And what about "to kill off" with meaning of "to destroy something" or to "kill someone"?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2009
    • Posts: 3,505
    #2

    Re: to wipe out - to take apart

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    Finally he managed to tear his enemies apart.
    Finally he managed to wipe his enemies out.

    Mankind is wiping out many forests and woods out.
    Mankind is tearing apart many forests and woods apart.

    Are they all possible? Yes, but for me, some phrasal verbs sound better as inseparable as in your second set.

    Do these two verbs "to tear apart" and "to wipe out" mean "to destroy"? Can we use them indifferently both for people and for things? I wouldn't use "tear apart" for people. And "tear apart" can mean "to damage".

    And what about "to kill off" with meaning of "to destroy something" or to "kill someone"? OK
    b.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Italian
      • Home Country:
      • Italy
      • Current Location:
      • Italy

    • Join Date: Aug 2006
    • Posts: 769
    #3

    Re: to wipe out - to take apart

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    b.
    Thanks so much for your advice.
    So also "to kill off one's enemies" and "to kill off many forests and woods" sound good, don't they?

    to tear apart enemies
    to kill off enemies
    to wipe out enemies

    These three mean to destroy them, to sterminate them.

    to tear apart forests...
    to kill off forests...
    to wipe out forests...

    These three mean to devastate, to eliminate, to destroy them thoroughly.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2009
    • Posts: 3,505
    #4

    Re: to wipe out - to take apart

    [QUOTE=dilodi83;797363]Thanks so much for your advice.
    So also "to kill off one's enemies" and "to kill off many forests and woods" sound good, don't they? Yes.

    to tear apart enemies Could mean to injure severely.
    to kill off enemies
    to wipe out enemies

    These three mean to destroy them, to exterminate them.

    to tear apart forests...
    to kill off forests...
    to wipe out forests...

    These three mean to devastate, to eliminate, to destroy them thoroughly. Yes.[QUOTE]

    b.

Similar Threads

  1. [Vocabulary] WIPE OUT VS DISSAPEAR?
    By Christin93 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-Apr-2011, 13:27
  2. wipe one's tears
    By Daruma in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 14-Aug-2009, 05:19
  3. devastate/wipe out
    By mylevt in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-Aug-2008, 11:45
  4. Wipe them tears
    By Atefvinc in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 22-Sep-2007, 11:17
  5. Wipe
    By dean in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 19-Oct-2005, 21:28

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •