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    Deviate From Script

    This dictionary has the following definition for the verb "deviate":


    "to start doing something different from what is expected or agreed"


    , with an example usage:


    "Try not to deviate too much from the script."


    A "script" is the printed text that an actor say in a show or movie, not directions for what to do. The definition of "deviate" requires that it be followed by some action, not some prepared text (script). So, would the following rewrite:


    "Try not to deviate too much from saying the script."


    be better?

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    Re: Deviate From Script

    No, the original is better. "Deviate from the script" means that the conversation becomes different from the written text (script). It is understood that the script is translated to spoken conversation. 'Saying' doesn't work, probably 'following'.
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    Re: Deviate From Script

    No, because in addition to the written words the actor is supposed to say, a script will also include some general instructions about how to say the words, emotional state, movement instructions,and more. All kinds of instructions that help set the scene.

    So, an actor might still be saying the correct words, but saying them in the wrong manner (happily instead of angrily), or doing the wrong thing (sitting when he's supposed to be walking), looking in the wrong direction, etc.

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    Re: Deviate From Script

    But, if "script" is replaced with "prepared text", would this:


    "Try not to deviate too much from saying the prepared text."


    be better than this:


    "Try not to deviate too much from the prepared text."

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    Re: Deviate From Script

    It is more than just saying or reading the text in acting. A whole range of expressions are involved as Skrej mentioned.
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    Re: Deviate From Script

    @tedmc

    But, "prepared text" removes all the acting stuff.

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    Re: Deviate From Script

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    But, if "script" is replaced with "prepared text", would this:


    "Try not to deviate too much from saying the prepared text."


    be better than this:


    "Try not to deviate too much from the prepared text."

    ?
    No, you would still say "try not to deviate too much from the prepared text".

    Edit:
    Similarly, you'd say:
    "don't deviate from the schedule"
    "don't deviate from the menu"
    "don't deviate from the itinerary"
    "don't deviate from the route"

    Notice how none of those examples have extra verbs in them, i.e. it's not "don't deviate from driving the route" or "don't deviate from serving the menu", etc.
    Last edited by Skrej; 14-Jun-2015 at 05:39. Reason: expanded explanation.

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    Re: Deviate From Script

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    saying the prepared text.
    I would use 'speaking' instead of 'saying', but I am not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    "to start doing something different from what is expected or agreed"...
    The definition of "deviate" requires that it be followed by some action, not some prepared text (script).
    The definition requires that 'from' be followed by 'what is expected or agreed', which applies to the prepared text (script), i.e. the text is expected to be spoken (the script is expected to be followed).
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 14-Jun-2015 at 08:46.

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    Re: Deviate From Script

    "Speaking" the prepared text does not work either. I agree with Skrej that the gerund is not required as what you do with the text is understood,
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    Re: Deviate From Script

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    "Speaking" the prepared text does not work either.
    Why can't text be spoken?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    the gerund is not required as what you do with the text is understood,
    I think the gerund should not be used by definition, but I am not a teacher.

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