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    Using the word 'leer'

    Is this a correct way to use the word 'leer'

    'You can leer at them from inside of your fort'

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    Re: Using the word 'leer'

    Quote Originally Posted by Shayne19 View Post
    Is this a correct way to use the word 'leer'?

    'You can leer at them from inside of your fort.'
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    Decide for yourself whether 'leer' is appropriate, considering who 'them' refers to and who the watchers are in their fort — eg soldiers or children playing.

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    Re: Using the word 'leer'

    The occupier of the fort and the people they are leering at are irrelevant. I just wanted to know if I had used that word correctly and that the sentence made sense.

    I got into a ridiculous argument with my partner over this where in she believed I had not used the right word and that I didn't know the definition.
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    Re: Using the word 'leer'

    Your sentence is grammatically correct but it doesn't prove that you understand the definition of the word "leer". If you write a sentence in which the use of the word "leer" is clear, and could almost be the only word possible, that would give us more of an idea of how you think it's used.

    Anyone can write, for example, "He shouted at me from across the street". Just because the sentence is grammatical and makes sense, there is no way to tell if the speaker actually knows what "shout" means.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Using the word 'leer'

    Haha it's proving difficult to get a definitive answer. To leer at someone is to look at them in an unpleasant way, right? I'm seeing that as scowling and showing detest. If that is correct, is my use of the word 'leer' is acceptable?
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    Re: Using the word 'leer'

    The word suggests to me some form of distasteful sexual interest.

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    Re: Using the word 'leer'

    Quote Originally Posted by Shayne19 View Post
    'You can leer at them from inside of your fort'
    Sneer makes more sense to me. Leer has the same sexual connotation to me as Piscean- it's possible, but, while grammatically correct, it doesn't seem a very logical sentence.

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