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    put someone down/run someone down AS criticize

    I have come across these two phrasal verbs...to put somebody down and to run someobody down and I have checked them in the dictionary and it says that they both mean to criticize people. But then relating to "run someone down" it also says to disparage someone, while relating to "put someone down" is to humilate. Since I have not caught them quite well, could you please help me with that by explaining how you usually use them in everyday's English with some examples?

    Thank you very much

    p.s. I have edited the thread as you wanted to. I hope you enjoy it and you can help me with this.
    Last edited by caesar1983; 29-Dec-2013 at 10:46.

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    Re: put someone down/run someone down AS criticize

    Please edit your post removing all the unnecessary ellipses (...). We don't join sentences like that. You also need a punctuation mark at the end of your last sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: put someone down/run someone down AS criticize

    I have corrected the thread as you wanted to....I hope you enjoy it now and you can help me. Any help?

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    Re: put someone down/run someone down AS criticize

    Quote Originally Posted by caesar1983 View Post
    I have come across these two phrasal verbs...to put somebody down and to run someobody down and I have checked them in the dictionary and it says that they both mean to criticize people. But then relating to "run someone down" it also says to disparage someone, while relating to "put someone down" is to humilate. Since I have not caught them quite well, could you please help me with that by explaining how you usually use them in everyday's English with some examples?

    Thank you very much

    p.s. I have edited the thread as you wanted to. I hope you enjoy it and you can help me with this.
    They have similar meanings. Both involve criticizing, insulting, and demeaning. In my usage, the "run" form is a bit more aggressive than the "put" form, but that may not be universal.

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    Re: put someone down/run someone down AS criticize

    Any more opinions?

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    Re: put someone down/run someone down AS criticize

    If I run someone down, I criticise them, eg:
    Claire always arrives late for her lessons, rarely corrects homework, and lets her students run wild.
    She's the worst teacher we've ever had.

    If I put someone down, I make them appear stupid or inadequate, eg:
    Peter's book on France has some good points. He spelt 'Paris' correctly at least twice.

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