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    to butt in

    If someone keeps interruppting you. can you also say these?

    I can't stand being constantly being butt in by someone.
    I dislike being constantly being butt in by someone.

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    Re: to butt in

    No. 'Butt (in)' functions intransitively. It has no passive form.
    Last edited by Piscean; 20-Sep-2017 at 20:52. Reason: typo

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    Re: to butt in

    If you want to use it your way, you'll have to use the verb "interrupt" which means the same thing.

    I can't stand/dislike being constantly interrupted [by someone].
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: to butt in

    So what do you suggest instead?

    The German word is "dazwischenfunken".
    Have a look here.

    https://www.dict.cc/?s=dazwischenfunken



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    Re: to butt in

    ems has already suggested something.

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    Re: to butt in

    I think we cross-posted. I am very surprised that the link doesn't give "interrupt" as an option when it does give "to butt in". Mind you, the other options on that page don't all mean "interrupt".
    "To stick one's oar in", for example, doesn't mean the same as "butt in". I can only assume they are all acceptable translations of the wonderful German word.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: to butt in

    You can say, conversationally, I hate it when people keep butting in.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: to butt in

    Quote Originally Posted by carat View Post
    So what do you suggest instead?
    Use it in the active:

    I hate it when people constantly butt in.

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    Re: to butt in

    I would say "I dislike constantly being butt in on."

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    Re: to butt in

    In BrE, that would be "... butted in on". I don't find it very natural though.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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