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    #1

    predispose vs. to be subject

    Can we use "predispose" and "subject" interchangeably?

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    Smoking can predispose people to heart attacks.

    be a replacement for

    Smokers are more subject to heart attacks than non-smokers?
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    Re: predispose vs. to be subject

    In your example, both sentences have nearly the same meaning. The two terms, however, are not interchangable in every circumstance.

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    Re: predispose vs. to be subject

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    In your example, both sentences have nearly the same meaning. The two terms, however, are not interchangable in every circumstance.
    Would you please give me an example of your point?

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    Re: predispose vs. to be subject

    When it rains, I'm predisposed to stay inside the house.

    People who break the law are subject to being arrested.

    You could not substitute one expression for the other in these sentences.

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    Re: predispose vs. to be subject

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    When it rains, I'm predisposed to stay inside the house.

    People who break the law are subject to being arrested.

    You could not substitute one expression for the other in these sentences.
    I kinda knew what you meant but being unsure about something sometimes predisposes me to expect the teachers to give extra examples rather than expressing my view.

    Thank you!

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    Re: predispose vs. to be subject

    Sometimes, when you are predisposed to expect extra help from your teachers, you may find yourself subject to their criticism.

    I'm not criticizing you, I was just having fun making up that sentence.

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    Re: predispose vs. to be subject

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    Sometimes, when you are predisposed to expect extra help from your teachers, you may find yourself subject to their criticism.

    I'm not criticizing you, I was just having fun making up that sentence.
    Being criticized predisposes me to strike back.

    (Just kidding)!

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