#2 does not necessarily equal overcompensation in my view.
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I am trying to use the verb "overcompensate" in my sentences. I am not sure if I have used it correctly, and I am wondering if you could correct my mistakes.
1. Peter felt inferior to his friends and overcompensated by buying expensive cars and watches.
2. Gina felt lonely after her boyfriend left her and overcompensated by going out often and having dates with different men.
3 Everything Maria did in her later life was just a way to overcompensate for her difficult childhood.
Do you have any suggestion what word would be more appropriate than "overcompensated" in my second sentence?
Remedied the situation....
Last edited by tedmc; 14-Feb-2016 at 02:34.
I am not a teacher.
Jim and Mary felt guilty about the effect their divorce had on little Teddy, so they overcompensated by buying him every toy that caught his eye.
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.