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    #1

    Despite the dissuasion of his parents

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    Despite the dissuasion of his parents, Peter enrolled in acting school.

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    Re: Despite the dissuasion of his parents

    Dissuasion doesn't work. Try Against his parents' advice.
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    #3

    Re: Despite the dissuasion of his parents

    Or "Despite his parents' attempts to dissuade him, ...". Also, I would find "drama school" more natural than "acting school".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Despite the dissuasion of his parents

    emsr2d2,

    If I use your version and write my sentence, do I need an article before drama school?

    Despite his parents' attempts to dissuade him, Peter enrolled in drama school.

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    Re: Despite the dissuasion of his parents

    That works well for me. You don't need an article.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Despite the dissuasion of his parents

    "Despite the dissuasion of ..." works for me. I would happily say "Despite the dissuasion of my parents .. "

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    #7

    Re: Despite the dissuasion of his parents

    "Dissuasion" is the opposite of "persuasion" though the former is not as commonly used.

    I think it is OK to use the word.

    http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=dissuasion&l=0
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    Re: Despite the dissuasion of his parents

    Peter enrolled despite his parents' attempt to dissuade him. That did not succeed, so they did not dissuade him.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 20-Jan-2017 at 08:28.

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    Re: Despite the dissuasion of his parents

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    "Dissuasion" is the opposite of "persuasion" though the former is not as commonly used.

    I think it is OK to use the word.

    http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=dissuasion&l=0
    I wouldn't use dissuasion if you want to be understood.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #10

    Re: Despite the dissuasion of his parents

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I wouldn't use dissuasion if you want to be understood.
    I would say,

    I wouldn't use dissuasion if I were you.
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    I advise you not to use dissuasion if you want to be understood.

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