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    Is it acceptable?

    Hi, my dear teachers. Your help is appreciated here.
    He applies himself to his new research.
    In this sentence, "apply oneself to sth" means to devote oneself to sth.
    As we know, "devote oneself to sth" has an equivalent expression, "one be devoted to sth". And as far as I know, there are many such expressions. eg, occupy oneself with sth/someone be occupied with sth ; dress oneself in sth/ be dressed in sth; bury oneself in sth/ be buried in sth, and so on.
    So can we change the above sentence into "he is applied to his new research"?
    Is it natural?
    Is it acceptable?
    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: Is it acceptable?

    I am not a teacher.

    It doesn't work in this case, I'm afraid.

    "To apply oneself" has the special meaning of "to give one's full attention to something" and this doesn't apply to any of the other non-reflexive meanings of apply.

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    #3

    Re: Is it acceptable?

    tianhang, please take the trouble to write 'something' and 'somebody' in full in future posts.

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    Re: Is it acceptable?

    Thanks a lot.
    I will pay attention to it.

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