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    fed

    Dear Teacher

    The parents fed their child with sleeping pills in an attempt to kill him.

    I believe 'fed' is the wrong word used. If so, what word(s) should be used instead?

    Thank you very much.

    With best wishes

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    Re: fed

    Hi
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    Using 'fed' is fine as long as you remove the word 'with':
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    The parents fed their child sleeping pills in an attempt to kill him.
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    Re: fed

    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
    Hi
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    Using 'fed' is fine as long as you remove the word 'with':
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    The parents fed their child sleeping pills in an attempt to kill him.
    .
    Hi Philly,

    Can we only use "on" if talking about animals? For example:
    "What do you feed your dog on"?

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    Re: fed

    Hi Retro
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    I'd simply say: "What do you feed your dog?"
    feed = give to eat
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    'Feed on' with the meaning 'eat' or 'be sustained by' would generally only be used for animals or "non-humans":
    "Wolves usually feed on deer, sheep, and other small mammals."
    "Dracula feeds on the blood of his victims."

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