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    #1

    untie and unleash

    please correct these sentense
    can you untie the dog
    can you unleash the dog

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    #2

    Re: untie and unleash

    They're both OK, though 'unleash' sounds more natural to me. If you had tied the dog's legs or something, then 'untie' would work better.

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    #3

    Re: untie and unleash

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    They're both OK, though 'unleash' sounds more natural to me. If you had tied the dog's legs or something, then 'untie' would work better.
    Yes - I think unleash is better for that reason ('untie' suggests being tied up - 'hobbled'). But not only that.

    'Leash' is also a noun - a short strap of leather used to control a pet animal (or guard dog)' (People may have heard it in the song Down the Road a Piece - where it's used figuratively to mean 'inhibitions': 'you can lose your leash'. This makes 'unleash' a more appropriate word for letting loose a dog, in this context.*

    Also, 'unleash' suggests letting loose something energetic (sometimes violent)


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    * If the dog was tied, by a long rope, to a post, you'd say 'untied'.
    Last edited by BobK; 07-Feb-2007 at 11:46. Reason: Fixed typo


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    Re: untie and unleash

    thanks tdol and Bobk

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