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    'She didn't drink as much as yesterday but it was still enugh to make her quite irrational'

    Is it correct to say 'make her quite irrational'?

    Thak you

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    Re: irrational

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    'She didn't drink as much as yesterday but it was still enugh to make her quite irrational'
    Is it correct to say 'make her quite irrational'?
    Thak you
    'irrational' sounds to me a little strange when applied to a person, rather than to their behaviour, but I wouldn't say it was wrong.

    To me, 'an irrational person' is that way all the time, so I'd say 'it was still enough to make her behave irrationally/make irrational decisions'. But this isn't a firm belief; others may disagree.

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    PS All the 2s; that's enough from me for today
    Last edited by BobK; 15-Mar-2007 at 12:26. Reason: PS added

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    Re: irrational

    I agree with Bobk's comment. Try,

    She didn't drink as much as yesterday, but it was still enough to make her act or behave quite irrationally.

    Note that, however, that sentence would be just as fine without adding in 'act ' or 'behave'. Native speakers often leave out words, especially if those words are redundant. That's called ellipsis. For example, the words in brackets (...) are not spoken:

    She didn't drink as much as yesterday, but it was still enough to make her (act or behave) quite irrationally.

    All the best.

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    Re: irrational

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK
    PS All the 2s; that's enough from me for today
    What does 'All the 2s' mean?

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    Re: irrational

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    What does 'All the 2s' mean?
    A strange coincidence, that you had reached 'all the 6s' (666 posts) when you asked!

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    Re: irrational

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    A strange coincidence, that you had reached 'all the 6s' (666 posts) when you asked!
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    hehehe-there's something eerie about it. In fact 666 is not a very nice number, is it? It has weird connotations. Strange that I didn't notice it, though. I'm usually very conscious of these things, like I'm always noticing the mileometer and I even chose my wedding date to be symmetrical and my car number plate was 9889 when I could choose.

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    Re: irrational

    Try to keep your eyes on the road, otherwise something bad really might happen when the dial turnss three sixes.

    I can't find anything wrong with the original sentence. Irrational can be used like any other adjective. A red car, a pink balloon, an irrational woman. The drink made her tidly, it made her dizzy, it made her irrational. What's wrong with that?

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    Re: irrational

    Quote Originally Posted by A.Russell
    Try to keep your eyes on the road, otherwise something bad really might happen when the dial turnss three sixes.
    Don't worry, Russell, I only look at the mileometer when I have stopped driving. I'm not that stupid.
    Quote Originally Posted by BobK
    To me, 'an irrational person' is that way all the time...
    We do say 'Stop being irrational! You're not making sense.' I, like Russell, see nothing wrong with it.
    Last edited by queenbu; 16-Mar-2007 at 13:21.

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