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    Derogatory

    Hi guys,

    Is it correct to say "He made him look down upon himself or "Derogatory" means to make somebody look down upon theirselves"?

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    Re: Derogatory

    No, it's not clear what you mean and you have the wrong definition of derogatory.
    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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    Re: Derogatory

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Hi guys,
    Is it correct to say "He made him look down upon himself or "Derogatory" means to make somebody look down upon theirselves"?
    ***NOT A TEACHER***

    'Theirselves' doesn't exist; 'themselves' does.

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    Re: Derogatory

    It means to insult someone. So does it have any meaning "Make someone look down upon thenselves or himself"?

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    Re: Derogatory

    Do you mean 'make someone lose his/her self-respect'?

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Derogatory

    No one else can make you look down on yourself.

    If someone insults you by saying derogatory things about you, your family, your house, you job, etcetera, that person may look down on you or they may just be jealous. But whether you feel amused, angry, or sad about their comments is up to you.
    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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    Re: Derogatory

    If somebody makes you believe that, you are not worth it then he or she can make you "Look down on yourself". What does it mean exactly?

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    Re: Derogatory

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    If somebody makes you believe that, you are not worth it then he or she can make you "Look down on yourself". What does it mean exactly?
    You have already been told that no one else can make you look down on yourself.

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    Re: Derogatory

    You don't seem to understand what "to look down on someone" means. It means to look at someone as if they are inferior to you. In order to look down on someone, you must feel some sense of superiority over that person. Consequently, you can't "look down on yourself" because you would be suggesting that you are superior and inferior to yourself at the same time.

    It's possible for you to "feel down about yourself" - that means that you feel disappointed or depressed about your life or your actions.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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