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    The old scandal he caused by punching

    Would you please correct the mistake in my sentence. Is it correct to use "bedevil" in the following sentence?

    The old scandal he caused by punching a man in a pub, bedevilled the prime minister during his whole political career.

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    Re: The old scandal he caused by punching

    Remove that comma. It's separating the subject from the verb. Use something like "for the rest of his time in politics."

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    Re: The old scandal he caused by punching

    You can't really cause an old scandal; something caused it a long time ago. You could write The scandal he had caused​ to set the scandal's timeframe in the past.
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    Re: The old scandal he caused by punching

    I differ with GS on that one. I parsed "old" as expressing, e.g., familiarity. See entry #4 in the link below.

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/old

    I'm Under that old black magic called love.

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    Re: The old scandal he caused by punching

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    I differ with GS on that one. I parsed "old" as expressing, e.g., familiarity. See entry #4 in the link below.

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/old

    I'm Under that old black magic called love.
    I'd still use the past perfect.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 07-Apr-2017 at 22:04. Reason: Correct the tense name.
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    Re: The old scandal he caused by punching

    I don't disagree with that.

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