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    #1

    Overweening

    Would you please correct my mistakes in the following sentences?

    1. The President's overweening voice did not shift a jot when asked by a reporter about his love affair.
    2. There was an overweening undertone in the way he spoke to his family.
    3. Her bullish, overweening behaviour discouraged all her suitors.

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    Re: Overweening

    All of your sentences are grammatical and correct as written. I do have some general comments, however.

    The 2nd sentence doesn't work well for me - there's a disconnect between 'undertone' and 'overweening'. 'Undertone' implies subtlety, whereas 'overweening' implies blatant display of emotion.

    Also, your usage of 'jot' strikes me as uncommon. I think 'jot' is used much more commonly as a synonym for 'write' than it it for 'small amount'. I would suggest substituting 'whit' for 'jot'.

    My final comment would be use of 'overweening' - are you just wanting to practice this adjective? It's a pretty rare adjective - rare enough that I'll confess to having looked it up, as I'd never actually heard it before.

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    Re: Overweening

    Skrej,

    Thank you for correcting my mistakes and for giving me advice. Your guess is right, I just wanted to practice this adjective and see if I could use "overweening" in these kinds of sentences.

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    #4

    Re: Overweening

    It was an odd word to choose for practice.

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    Re: Overweening

    Mike,
    It is an odd word for you native speakers, but for me it is a new word. When I see a new word in a text, I immediately look it up in my dictionary, and my mind immediately comes up with a few sentences containing that word. The problem is that I do not know if I have used it correctly.

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    #6

    Re: Overweening

    Overweening could be replaced with "overbearing" or "conceited".
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: Overweening

    Fair enough, Bassim.

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    #8

    Re: Overweening

    I had no idea what it meant either.
    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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