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    Creep

    Please, would you correct my mistakes in the following sentences. I wished to see if I could use the verb "creep" in these kinds of sentences.

    1. After years of failures, a deep depression crept up on him.
    2. Slowly, positive changes crept into society.
    3. When Peter saw that his mother was sick, a feeling of desolation crept over him.

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    Re: Creep

    Please, would you correct my mistakes in the sentences above. I just wanted to know if I have used the verb "creep" correctly.

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    Re: Creep

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Please, would you correct my mistakes in the sentences above. I just wanted to know if I have used the verb "creep" correctly.
    The first one is about OK. The other two are not very natural.

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    Re: Creep

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Please, would you correct my mistakes in the following sentences. I wished to see if I could use the verb "creep" in these kinds of sentences.

    1. After years of failures, a deep depression crept up on him.
    2. Slowly, positive changes crept into society.
    3. When Peter saw that his mother was sick, a feeling of desolation crept over him.
    They are fine but you haven't used "creep". 'I just saw the baby creep across the room and I don't anyone crept better, though it somewhat creeped me out to see such a creep as the father was".

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    Re: Creep

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    They are fine but you haven't used "creep". '.
    I don't understand this. Bassim did use the verb 'creep', in its past-tense form 'crept'.

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    Re: Creep

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I don't understand this. Bassim did use the verb 'creep', in its past-tense form 'crept'.
    Yes, I understand that. All of the examples were in the past and I wanted the OP to know that the word has more applications than "crept". It is one of the stranger words in the language.

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    Re: Creep

    Bassim, the reason that I agree with bhai that 2 and 3 don't work very well is that the idea of an emotion or change "creeping" is that it happens slowly over time. If you see your mom is really sick, you probably feel bad all at once. If it has been "As her mother became more and more ill, a feeling of desolation crept over him" that might work.

    Actually, I could live with #2, but changes don't usually "creep."
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 05-Mar-2014 at 23:07.
    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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