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Thread: Verb "unnerve"

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    Verb "unnerve"

    I have tried to use "unnerve" in my sentence. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    The police officer unnerved Peter. He was scowling at him and sizing him up as if he were a wanted criminal.

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    Re: Verb "unnerve"

    It's fine as is. Your use of unnerved is perfect.

    A VERY minor point: The person the pronouns he and him refer to are clear because of the context. But a stickler might still ask who was scowling - the cop or Pete. A newspaper editor would definitely change one of them to a noun for clarity.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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