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    #1

    toward/towards..

    Is this sentence correct?

    He can't get aroused towards any girls because he is a gay.

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    #2

    Re: toward/towards..

    NOT A TEACHER

    It is not. "Aroused" doesn't take the preposition "toward(s)". Usually in this sense of the word "aroused" you would use the preposition "by".

    You can say, "He can't get aroused by girls because he is a gay."
    Last edited by CarloSsS; 23-May-2012 at 17:58.
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    #3

    Re: toward/towards..

    Thanks for the reply. It helps a lot.

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    #4

    Re: toward/towards..

    You are welcome.

    Next time, feel free to use the button "Like". You can find it in the lower right corner of every post here on the forum. One of its functions is to say "thank you".
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    #5

    Re: toward/towards..

    "...he is gay," not "a gay."

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    #6

    Re: toward/towards..

    Whilst it is possible to say "He is a gay", it's rather derogatory and should be avoided. This is something that just needs to be remembered because using "gay" as an adjective to mean "homosexual" is, in most cases, perfectly acceptable.

    OK:

    He's gay.
    She's gay.
    He's homosexual.
    He's a homosexual. (Not commonly used)
    She's homosexual. (Not commonly used)
    She's a lesbian. (Note that the use of the indefinite article here is required)


    Not OK (although within the gay community, some of these might be perfectly acceptable):

    He's a gay.
    He's a queer.
    He's a poof.
    He's a pansy.
    He's a fag.
    He's a faggot.
    She's a rug-muncher. (Very offensive)
    He's a sausage-jockey. (Very offensive)

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    #7

    Re: toward/towards..

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    He's a gay.
    He's a queer.
    He's a poof.
    He's a pansy.
    He's a fag.
    He's a faggot.
    She's a rug-muncher. (Very offensive)
    He's a sausage-jockey. (Very offensive)
    I always though that saying "He's a fag(got)" is more offensive than saying "He's a gay". Is that so?
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    #8

    Re: toward/towards..

    Yes, that is so. Using "gay" as a noun versus an adjective is not as offensive as the more pejorative words.

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    #9

    Re: toward/towards..

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    She's a lesbian. (Note that the use of the indefinite article here is required)
    I don't agree. I think that "She's lesbian" is acceptable.

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    #10

    Re: toward/towards..

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I don't agree. I think that "She's lesbian" is acceptable.
    Sorry, I should have included it in the "OK" list but mentioned that it is far less common without the article. It is indeed acceptable, just not commonly used.

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