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    personality

    Which terms can be used here?

    My neighbor's dachshunds have a bad ................... Even the slightest chance to destroy my plants will never be left out by them.

    personality
    character
    nature
    temper
    disposition

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    Re: personality

    Disposition is the natural choice. The second sentence doesn't work.
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    Re: personality

    Quote Originally Posted by Do228 View Post
    chance ... will never be _ _ _ _ _ _ by them.
    In that sentence, "left out" is unnatural. Think of a verb that naturally collocates with "chance" in such a context.

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    Re: personality

    If "left out" doesnt work, I think it should be "never be missed" or "never be missed out on".

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    Re: personality

    No, and nope. I would rewrite the sentence from scratch.

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    Re: personality

    I think I understand the writer's intention with will never be missed. The resulting sentence is terrible, though.

    Do228, you should rewrite the second sentence in the active voice.
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    Re: personality

    They never miss out on the slightest chance to destroy my plants.

    They never let a chance go by to destroy my plants.

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    Re: personality

    Remove "out on". I'd also remove "the slightest".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: personality

    Get cacti

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    Re: personality

    Quote Originally Posted by Do228 View Post
    They never miss out on the slightest chance to destroy my plants.

    They never let a chance go by to destroy my plants.
    Both are grammatically correct. It would be more natural to say "They never miss the opportunity to destroy my plants."
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