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    He flinches from learning his lesson.

    Hi teachers,

    He flinches from learning his lesson. Is this sentence OK? If not, please tell me alternatives.


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    #2

    Re: He flinches from learning his lesson.

    It's OK, but what do you mean exactly? Is he in trouble or lazy?

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    Re: He flinches from learning his lesson.

    I mean "lazy". So is it OK?
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    #4

    Re: He flinches from learning his lesson.

    I mean: He avoids learning his lessson.
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    Re: He flinches from learning his lesson.

    Not for me.
    A flinch is a physical reaction. A dog that has been abused may flinch when someone raises his hand. When a rock hits your windshield on the road, you flinch automatically, even though the glass keeps it from hitting you.

    Perhaps it's used more metaphorically elsewhere.
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    #6

    Re: He flinches from learning his lesson.

    Perhaps it's used more metaphorically elsewhere.
    I have just found this in Macmillan Dictionary: flinch - definition of flinch by Macmillan Dictionary

    flinch from (doing) something [USUALLY IN NEGATIVES]
    to avoid dealing with a difficult responsibility or decision
    We won't flinch from making tough decisions.

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    Re: He flinches from learning his lesson.

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    I have just found this in Macmillan Dictionary: flinch - definition of flinch by Macmillan Dictionary

    flinch from (doing) something [USUALLY IN NEGATIVES]
    to avoid dealing with a difficult responsibility or decision
    We won't flinch from making tough decisions.
    Yes that use of "flinch" is well known. I would not apply that to a lesson, however.

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    #8

    Re: He flinches from learning his lesson.

    I have only seen that in the negative, to say what someone would so, and it's usually tied to accepting responsibilities. It does not work in the positive very well and not for something as minor as a lesson.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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