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    to be busybody with something vs to interfere in something

    Hello everybody!

    I would like to ask whether or not it is possible to say "I don't like it when he is busybody with what I wear" instead of "I don't like it when he interferes in what I wear".

    Many years ago I came across the phrase "to be busybody with something".

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    #2

    Re: to be busybody with something vs to interfere in something

    It is not standard English.

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    Re: to be busybody with something vs to interfere in something

    Is it understandable or acceptable?

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    Re: to be busybody with something vs to interfere in something

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Is it understandable or acceptable?
    No. A busybody is someone who interferes in the affairs of other people. You can describe someone as a busybody but you can't qualify it with ​with.
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    Re: to be busybody with something vs to interfere in something

    I think it's not only understandable but actually quite a nice, creative use of informal language.

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    Re: to be busybody with something vs to interfere in something

    I would discourage an English learner from using the construction. At best, someone hearing it will have to stop and think to figure out what was meant. More likely they'll just respond with "Huh?"
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    Re: to be busybody with something vs to interfere in something

    If you all say so, then it must be true. I must have misunderstood something.

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    Re: to be busybody with something vs to interfere in something

    I have just remembered. The proper phrase with "busybody" is "don't be a busybody in other people's matters".

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    Re: to be busybody with something vs to interfere in something

    That sentence is just about OK, although it's unusual to "be a busybody in ...".

    Don't be a busybody. You shouldn't interfere in other people's affairs/in matters that don't concern you.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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