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    #1

    As if they were toys

    Would you please correct the mistakes in my sentences. I am not sure if these sentences sound natural.

    He was playing with people as if they were toys. He would exploit them, and when sated, he would discard them like expendable goods.

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    Re: As if they were toys

    I would change "sated" to "done with them".

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    Re: As if they were toys

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I would change "sated" to "done with them".
    Why would you not use "sated"?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: As if they were toys

    It didn't fit for me.

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    Re: As if they were toys

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    I agree with Mike. The term "sated" means "satisfied" or fulfilled" and is often applied to someone's appetite. In this case it could be said that his appetite for cruelty was sated, but this tends to suggest that it's cruelty for its own sake, in a way which may or may not be supported by the broader context of the passage.

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    Re: As if they were toys

    Just for once, partially to convince myself that I have a mind of my own, I'm going to disagree.

    I'm afraid sated works perfectly for me. Bassim has written:

    "He was playing with people as if they were toys. He would exploit them......"

    The first sentence gives the impression that he played with people in the same way as a cat plays with a mouse. A cat does not mean any cruelty, because it is within its nature to play with mice before it eats them, however a human being decides whether or not to be cruel, especially if it is a recurrent habit as implied by the word "playing". Therefore, if it was done on an ongoing basis it strongly implies that the person was deriving an enjoyment from the cruelty they inflicted on others, otherwise they would have stopped. Therefore, it was cruelty for its own sake. IMO continually playing with people's lives and emotions is a pretty cruel thing to do.

    "He would exploit them." This is even more direct. Exploitation of anyone is hardly a kindness.

    As a result, I think that cruelty is strongly implied twice before sated is used.

    Given the context, I feel that the word is wholly appropriate.

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    Re: As if they were toys

    not a teacher

    I don't strongly disagree with you, Eckaslike. My reading of the OP's sentence is that it was a case of insensitive exploitation towards an end other than purely satisfying a taste for cruelty, but I can't be entirely sure of that. However, on the basis of what we know, I prefer Mike's suggestion, but it's true that the original might work just as well.

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    Re: As if they were toys

    And I don't strongly disagree with you, or Mike, JMurray. I just wanted to show that there could be another way of looking at it. I wholly understand and respect you both for holding a different opinion. I think it is very healthy to have variety.

    (That is why I love this forum, because generally you can express a difference of opinion here without having it shot down in flames. In real-life, too often, it is only the person with the biggest, loudest mouth who is heard.

    And, before anyone here thinks I mean them, which I don't: "Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental." ).

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    #9

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    Well said. There is nothing wrong with differences of opinion and vigorous debates.

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