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    Comeuppance?

    I would like to ask a teacher how does he or she describe a comeuppance?

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    Re: Comeuppance?

    It means a deserved punishment. I would say it is a bad outcome that happened to someone as a unintended result of him trying to do something bad to someone else.

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    Re: Comeuppance?

    I'd add that it is usually preceded by a personal pronoun - my comeuppance, his comeuppance' ... etc. A comeuppance' sounds very odd.

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    Re: Comeuppance?

    Thank you very much for both of you.

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    Re: Comeuppance?

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    I'd add that it is usually preceded by a possessive - my comeuppance, the King's comeuppance' ... etc. A comeuppance' sounds very odd.

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    Re: Comeuppance?

    Hi,
    I was curious, and really -what I've found only comes with a possessive pronoun.
    The bad man always got his comeuppance, the hero got the girl.
    ... a bunch of over-paid, pampered prima donnas getting their comeuppance.
    Youthful Naivety got its comeuppance from Business Sagacity.

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    Re: Comeuppance?

    You may be right. of the two possibilities (possessive pronoun and possessive noun or NP) I'm sure the possessive pronoun is much the more common. I don't think - if I heard it - I'd regard the possessive noun as unacceptable though.

    Is this wrong? 'The will, leaving everything to the cats' home, was the drinking and gambling only son's comeuppance'. I'm really not sure. (I admit that this is much more likely though: 'The drinking and gambling only son got his comeuppance when he found that his father had left everything to the cats' home'. )

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