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    usage of a synonym for "to avoid"

    There is an interesting a synonym for the verb, 'to avoid' which is 'to eschew'.

    I have made up two similar sentences with the word.


    (A) At a conference, one speaker uses words very carefully to eschew any insults on the attendants.

    (B) At a conference, one speaker uses words very carefully in order to eschew any insults on the attendants.

    May I ask two questions about the way I use the word?

    (1) Instead of using 'to avoid', can I use 'to eschew'? Because I have just learned this new word, I would like to learn how to use it correctly.

    (2) Would it be correct to use 'in order to' before 'eschew'?

    Please help me. Thank you very much.

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    Re: usage of a synonym for "to avoid"

    Quote Originally Posted by brianbrian View Post
    There is an interesting a synonym for the verb "to avoid," which is "to eschew."
    Avoid and eschew are close but don't quite mean the same thing. Avoid is more like stay away from. Eschew is more like reject. When you eschew, you don't simply stay away from something, you actively push it away.

    I have made up two similar sentences with the word.


    (A) At a conference, one speaker uses words very carefully to avoid any insults to the attendants. Eschew does not fit here. Say avoid. We would probably say "to avoid insulting the attendants."

    (B) At a conference, one speaker uses words very carefully in order to avoid any insults to the attendants. Eschew doesn't fit here, either. Again, say avoid. In order is not needed and sounds wordy.

    May I ask two questions about the way I use the word?

    (1) Instead of using "to avoid," can I use 'to eschew'? Not often. Because I have just learned this new word, I would like to learn how to use it correctly.

    (2) Would it be correct to use "in order to" before "eschew"? It is grammatical, but it's not an improvement. In order to isn't needed, because you can just say to, which sounds more natural.

    Please help me. Thank you very much.
    Eschew is an uncommon word that will make you sound odd. If you want to master conversational English, avoid it. Here are examples of how you could use eschew correctly:

    - Because his drinking has caused three car accidents, he now eschews alcohol, warning everyone of its danger.
    - She eschews all forms of social inequality and has a reputation for standing up for underdogs.

    But don't.

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