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    Meaning of the word "grant"

    Hello,

    This time, I am trying to get the meaning of the word "grant" straight.

    Consider the situation below (similar to my previous thread):

    A boy asked his mom for a piece of chocolate cake. His mom, having a desire to give her boy something better than the chocolate cake, gave the boy a piece of lemon cake instead, although she had the chocolate cake in the fridge. The boy really liked the lemon cake. After watching her boy enjoying the lemon cake, the mom did not give her boy the chocolate cake afterwards.

    In the situation above, is it correct to say that "The boy's mom did not grant her boy the chocolate cake which he asked of her", or is it rather not correct to say that the mom did not grant her boy the chocolate cake, simply because the boy enjoyed the lemon cake at a full scale?

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    Re: Meaning of the word "grant"

    I would not use "grant" in either of those uses. "Give" is more common and more natural.

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    Re: Meaning of the word "grant"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I would not use "grant" in either of those uses. "Give" is more common and more natural.
    I do understand that "grant" is a bit too formal for the situation given, I was just trying to convey what I am trying to ask by an easy example. I couldn't come up with more "serious" sort of example that the word "grant" can fit in more naturally.

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    Re: Meaning of the word "grant"

    A governor of a state can grant a stay of execution.

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    Re: Meaning of the word "grant"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    A governor of a state can grant a stay of execution.
    That is a good example to demonstrate how the word "grant" can be used, but could somebody please give me answer to my main question?

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    Re: Meaning of the word "grant"

    okay. If the word "grant" bother you, then could you please substitute word "give" in place of "grant" in my question? so now the question becomes as follows:

    Consider the situation below (similar to my previous thread):

    A boy asked his mom for a piece of chocolate cake. His mom, having a desire to give her boy something better than the chocolate cake, gave the boy a piece of lemon cake instead, although she had the chocolate cake in the fridge. The boy really liked the lemon cake. After watching her boy enjoying the lemon cake, the mom did not give her boy the chocolate cake afterwards.

    In the situation above, is it correct to say that "The boy's mom did not give her boy the chocolate cake which he asked of her", or is it rather NOT correct to say that the mom did not give her boy the chocolate cake, simply because the boy enjoyed the lemon cake at a full scale?

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    Re: Meaning of the word "grant"

    Your main question has been answered.

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    Re: Meaning of the word "grant"

    That is a good example to demonstrate how the word "grant" can be used, but can we please go back to our main discussion and can someone provide me with an answer to my main question?

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    Re: Meaning of the word "grant"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Your main question has been answered.
    sorry for keep asking but let's stick to the word "grant" even though it sounds a bit unnatural in the case presented (because the purpose of the question was about the word "grant" rather than "give"). Is it correct to say that the boy's mom did not grant the boy what he asked of his mom, even though the boy really enjoyed the lemon cake?

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    Re: Meaning of the word "grant"

    No.

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