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    he instigates Sam against Tom"

    There are three guys John, Sam and Tom. John is a guile person he wants Sam and Tom to fight each other. He keeps telling things to Sam that can make him angry towards Tom.

    So what word should we use here "he instigates Sam against Tom"? But you say that "instigate" is not used like this. Could you please tell me what word can be used here?

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    Re: he instigates Sam against Tom"

    The verb you want is "incite", not "instigate."
    Please do not open too many threads at once. Wait for us to respond to your open/active threads before starting new ones. I think you've been told that before.

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    Re: he instigates Sam against Tom"

    That's right. I regularly close threads when you seem to be 'flooding' the forum.

    Other moderators are free to reopen them as and when they choose to reply.

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    Re: he instigates Sam against Tom"

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    The verb you want is "incite", not "instigate."
    Please do not open too many threads at once. Wait for us to respond to your open/active threads before starting new ones. I think you've been told that before.
    Okay, so I need to say "John incites Sam against Tom" or "John incited Sam against Tom". Can we also use "radicalise" instead of "incite"?

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    Re: he instigates Sam against Tom"

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Okay, so I need to say "John incites Sam against Tom" or "John incited Sam against Tom".
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Can we also use "radicalise" instead of "incite"?
    No. For the life of me, I can't see how/why you thought that was a close synonym. Did you actually bother looking it up in the dictionary first?

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    Re: he instigates Sam against Tom"

    You should use pit instead. "He pits Sam against Tom." Don't use incite. It is more appropriate in "inciting violence."

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    Re: he instigates Sam against Tom"

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    You should use pit instead. "He pits Sam against Tom." Don't use incite. It is more appropriate in "inciting violence."
    I looked it up in the dictionary. It says to "set someone in a competition or conflict with". Is it a correct word to use in the context I want to use it in?

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    Re: he instigates Sam against Tom"

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Yes.


    No. For the life of me, I can't see how/why you thought that was a close synonym. Did you actually bother looking it up in the dictionary first?

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    Okay, I wrote it because we say "terrorists radicalise youth against the people".

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    Re: he instigates Sam against Tom"

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    I looked it up in the dictionary. It says to "set someone in a competition or conflict with". Is it a correct word to use in the context I want to use it in?
    That's not accurate. Which dictionary was that?

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    Re: he instigates Sam against Tom"

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    I looked it up in the dictionary. It says to "set someone in a competition or conflict with". Is it a correct word to use in the context I want to use it in?
    You mean pit? Yes, it is the correct word to use in your context.

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