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    the use of "drive"

    Dear all,

    I sometime see the word "drive" used to mean "make someone do something".

    Is the use of the following "drive" okay?

    ...Animals fear death only when they face it. This is because it is their instinct, not knowledge, that drives them to try to prevent death....

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    Re: the use of "drive"

    OK; cause them to; impel them to; urge them to

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    #3

    Re: the use of "drive"

    try to prevent death....
    Prevent death or avoid death?

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    Re: the use of "drive"

    Hi Tdol,

    Thanks for your reply.

    Prevent death or avoid death?

    I wrote "prevent death" but is "avoid" better?

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    #5

    Re: the use of "drive"

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    I wrote "prevent death" but is "avoid" better?
    I don't think that animals are capable of 'preventing' death, so I would use 'avoid'.

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