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    to revenge the dead

    revenge
    If you revenge yourself on someone who has hurt you, you hurt them in return.
    She would be killed by the relatives of murdered villagers wanting to revenge the dead.
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    Whose death is meant in the sentence ?
    1) The death of a person/persons for which the relatives want to revenge on her.
    2) Her death (in case if she would be killed by these relatives).
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    Re: to revenge the dead

    How does it make any sense to revenge the death of someone that you kill?

    People in the village had some of their relatives murdered.

    They are now going to get revenge for those deaths by killing the "she" who is the subject of the sentence.

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    #3

    Re: to revenge the dead

    The dead = the murdered villagers.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: to revenge the dead

    What was understandable to me is the absence of a preposition before "the dead"

    Is there any difference between?
    murdered villagers wanting to revenge the dead
    murdered villagers wanting to revenge for the dead

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    Re: to revenge the dead

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktor Sorokin View Post
    What was understandable to me is the absence of a preposition before "the dead"

    Is there any difference between?
    murdered villagers wanting to revenge the dead
    murdered villagers wanting to revenge for the dead
    No. In fact, "to revenge the dead" is incorrect. It should read "to avenge the dead". In order to use "revenge", it would have to read something like "to get/take revenge for the deaths of the villagers".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: to revenge the dead

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    No. In fact, "to revenge the dead" is incorrect. It should read "to avenge the dead". In order to use "revenge", it would have to read something like "to get/take revenge for the deaths of the villagers".
    Actually, there is a transitive verb use for "revenge". It is uncommon, but it is there.

    From Webster's Third: synonyms AVENGE and REVENGE agree in meaning to punish a person who has wronged one or someone close to one. They are often used interchangeably but AVENGE more often suggests punishing a person when one is vindicating someone else than oneself or is serving the ends of justice, the suggestion of justice achieved being strong in any application of the word *after all, if other people's children do not like him, he can always avenge himself by disliking them twice as much Robert Lynd* *it was a son who would some day avenge his father Charles Dickens* *his wife T entered the gubernatorial campaign to avenge her husband American Guide Series: Texas* REVENGE more often applies to vindicating oneself and usually suggests an evening up of scores or a personal satisfaction more than an achievement of justice, often connoting malice, spite, or vindictive retaliation *the novelist obsessed with the errors of his past T is irresistibly drawn to revenge himself on his past by rewriting it C.J.Rolo* *the hope of revenging himself on me was a strong inducement Jane Austen.

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    Re: to revenge the dead

    I'm not generally in the habit of encouraging people to use uncommon verbs or phrases. Once someone is completely au fait with a language, near native in fact, I would encourage them to start looking into more unusual usages.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: to revenge the dead

    I would use "avenge" here as well.

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    #9

    Re: to revenge the dead

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I would use "avenge" here as well.
    As would I.

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