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    powerless/ prompt


    Hello

    How do be/feel/ powerless to/ and prompt anger/ sound to you?:

    ex:
    Scotland will be powerless to defend itself (a title from the Telegraph)

    Iraq’s government appears powerless to defend against ISIS advance
    As a child, she had felt powerless to defend herself against his anger
    Murder of a teen in Surrey continues to prompt anger, outrage, and calls for change

    An American tells me that be/feel powerless to is informal and that prompt anger is a grammar mistake.
    British and American opinions are welcome !

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    #2

    Re: powerless/ prompt

    They are all fine to me.

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    #3

    Re: powerless/ prompt

    Your American is wrong.

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    #4

    Re: powerless/ prompt

    Thanks for answering

    They all sounded good to me too, do you think there could be such a difference of understanding on such words between American and British English?

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    #5

    Re: powerless/ prompt

    Quote Originally Posted by fredreborn View Post
    Thanks for answering

    They all sounded good to me too, do you think there could be such a difference of understanding on such words between American and British English?
    No. I am American. Bhai is British.

    Plus, these seem to be headlines, where pithiness is OK.

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    #6

    Re: powerless/ prompt

    I am English and SoothingDave is American.

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    #7

    Re: powerless/ prompt

    Ok fine then I'm lucky, thank you so much both of you !

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