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    Damage

    Our enemies want to damage us.

    I want this sentence to become natural, how can I make ? What would you say when you were talking about politics?

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    Re: Damage

    It seems OK to me as it is.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: Damage

    How about this: Our enemies want us to be damaged.
    Which one is more natural?

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    Re: Damage

    They mean different things. Both of them could be OK depending on your intended meaning.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #5

    Re: Damage

    I agree with bhaisahab that your original works fine.

    However, since you asked for some other options, here are some more phrases that would work in the context of politics. You could consult a thesaurus for additional options.

    Our enemies want to hurt us.
    Our enemies want to discredit us.
    Our enemies want to harm us.
    Our enemies want to ruin us.
    Our enemies want to annihilate us.
    Our enemies want to destroy us.

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    #6

    Re: Damage

    Quote Originally Posted by say hello View Post
    Our enemies want us to be damaged.
    I think it could be used if the damage was not caused by the enemies, but I am not a teacher.
    'Our enemies want us to be damaged by the scandal.'

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