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    engage in/ be engaged in

    In the LDOCE6, it says:

    engage in/on/upon

    1. Only 10% of American adults engage in regular exercise.
    2. The two parties engaged upon an escalating political struggle.
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    If I write these, do they mean the same?

    1. Only 10% of American adults are engaged in regular exercise.
    2. The two parties were engaged upon an escalating political struggle.

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    Re: engage in/ be engaged in

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJ View Post
    Forget the second 2).
    Would you be so kind as to tell me more about this? Thank you.
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    Re: engage in/ be engaged in

    "engaged upon" is just wrong. There's not much else we can tell you.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: engage in/ be engaged in

    So, the example sentence in the dictionary is wrong: http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/engage

    (I couldn't find any citations including "engage upon" here: https://corpus.byu.edu/coca/)

    Would it be correct to say The two parties engaged on an escalating political struggle?

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    Re: engage in/ be engaged in

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post

    (I couldn't find any citations including "engage upon" here: https://corpus.byu.edu/coca/)
    In COCA there are no examples of "engage upon", but 7 examples of "engaged upon" .
    Last edited by kadioguy; 30-Aug-2017 at 05:56.
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