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    Verb "overcompensate"

    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.

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    #2

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    #2 does not necessarily equal overcompensation in my view.

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    Re: Verb "overcompensate"

    Mike,
    Do you have any suggestion what word would be more appropriate than "overcompensated" in my second sentence?

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    #4

    Re: Verb "overcompensate"

    Remedied the situation....

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    #5

    Re: Verb "overcompensate"

    I don't think any label is needed. It seems like normal behavior to me.

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    #6

    Re: Verb "overcompensate"

    Why would the behavior of a girl who was dumped by her boyfriend and then went out often with different men be "overcompensation"?

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    Re: Verb "overcompensate"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Why would the behavior of a girl who was dumped by her boyfriend and then went out often with different men be "overcompensation"?
    It is more like filling a gap or void.

    #3 Everything Maria did in her later life was just a way to overcompensate make up for her a difficult childhood.
    I don't think you need to use "over"; just "compensate" is enough.

    How about "redeemed himself" for #1?
    Last edited by tedmc; 14-Feb-2016 at 03:34.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: Verb "overcompensate"

    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.

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