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    What is "feed the rumors"?

    Hi! May I know what does "feed the rumors" mean in the following sentence?

    "She will not
    feed the rumors and gossip."

    Thank you very much for your help!

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    Re: What is "feed the rumors"?

    She won't spread the rumours and make them grow.

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    Re: What is "feed the rumors"?

    Am I the only person wondering whether "gossip" here is used as a verb or a noun?

    She won't feed the rumours and she won't gossip.
    She won't feed the rumours and she won't feed the gossip.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What is "feed the rumors"?

    How would you interpret the sentence if it were "she won't feed the rumours or gossip"?

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    #5

    Re: What is "feed the rumors"?

    Interesting point. In the end, it's the same meaning. You feed gossip by gossiping, I guess.

    Or maybe you feed gossip by acting in a way that is gossip-worthy.

    It was a point I missed.
    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: What is "feed the rumors"?

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    How would you interpret the sentence if it were "she won't feed the rumours or gossip"?
    I don't think there's much difference- the result would be the same.

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