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    Is this use of the word tirade correct?

    "I have a tirade with most people I attempt to socialize with personally." Is the sentence that confuses me with its use of the word tirade. Since a tirade is a action of a long angry speech basically, and with the context of that sentence it seems odd to me in the way it was used. I think it would make more sense if it said "I could have a tirade with most people I attempt to socialize with personally". Otherwise, It confuses me.

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    Re: Is this use of the word tirade correct?

    Welcome to Using English.

    No, you can't say this (and have it be natural).

    I have trouble socializing with people. I try to have a civil discussion, but I end up going off on some tirade and damaging the relationship.
    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: Is this use of the word tirade correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Welcome to Using English.

    No, you can't say this (and have it be natural).

    I have trouble socializing with people. I try to have a civil discussion, but I end up going off on some tirade and damaging the relationship.
    So if one can't say that and have it be natural, I assume that means the actual use of the word, in that context, is correct? And you wrote a more natural sounding version of it.

    And thank you for the warm welcome.

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    Re: Is this use of the word tirade correct?

    You don't "have" a tirade.
    You can launch into a tirade.
    You can go off on a tirade.
    You can hear someone else's tirade, or even interrupt their tirade.
    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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