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    Smile What is the meaning of "impose it on himself"?

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    Chey, who has not yet been charged with a crime, could not be reached for comment. But one company executive told Seoul TV of Yoo, "I'm not saying he wasn't beat. He was clearly beat up. But he imposed it on himself to get more money."
    South Korean conglomerates act as though they are above the law - Los Angeles Times

    What is the meaning of "impose it on himself"?
    He is forced himself to do that?
    or is it just an emphasis?
    he imposed it on to get more money.
    he imposed it on himself to get more money.

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    Re: What is the meaning of "impose it on himself"?

    He forced himself.

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    Re: What is the meaning of "impose it on himself"?

    [not a teacher]

    In this context, "imposed it on himself" means that he:

    a) inflicted the harm to himself. It would never be phrased this way in the States. It would most likely be stated as: "I'm not saying he wasn't beat. He was clearly beat up. But he did it to himself to get more money."

    Or

    b) allowed it to happen. Again, it would not be phrased this way in the States. I would mostly likely be said as: "I'm not saying he wasn't beat. He was clearly beat up. But he brought it on himself to get more money."

    BTW, no US speaker would use "impose" in either context. "Inflict" could be used, but probably not, because it sounds too formal: "But he inflicted it on himself to get more money." would sound fine for a prosecutor, but not for a witness.
    Last edited by BobSmith; 04-Jan-2012 at 04:50. Reason: clarifying

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