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    drive/ dictate

    I am not driven by my subordinates.
    I am not dictated by my subordinates.

    Are drive and dictate interchangeable?

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    Re: drive/ dictate

    Not at all, and I don't know what you're trying to say with either of those sentences. The second could be worded "I am not dictated to by my subordinates" if you mean that you do not allow your subordinates to tell you what to do.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 09-Dec-2014 at 18:00. Reason: Fixing typo
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: drive/ dictate

    Yes that is what I intended to mean.

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    Re: drive/ dictate

    Your use of 'driven by', while wrong, is not entirely UNlike a use of 'driven by' quite current in management-speak. Vauxhall (who make cars) had a punning ad-campaign that featured the slogan 'Everything we do is driven by you.'

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    PS In response, a company that emptied cess-pits had a lorry with the slogan 'Everything you do is driven by us.'

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