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    Smile obsession/preoccupation

    Josh is a good student except his being preoccupied/obsession/preoccupation with video games.


    I'd like to know if I could put his being preoccupied, his obsession, and his preoccupation here, and make little differences in meanings. Thanks.

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    Re: obsession/preoccupation

    Hello Angliholic,

    obsession and preoccupation are quite different, I can tell you that much.

    obsession: (n.)

    "something or someone that you think about all the time"

    preoccupation: (n.)

    "thinking or worrying about something too much"

    I think the best answer in your context is obsession. I myself used to be obsessed all the time about video games (they're quite addictive!) to the point where it really influenced my studies (not in a good way).

    In the following sentence:

    "Josh is a good student except his being preoccupied/obsession/preoccupation with video games."

    If John was preoccupied (read: worried) about video games, he could be worried that he was playing games too much.

    In the context however, obsession is definitely the best answer.

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    Smile Re: obsession/preoccupation

    Quote Originally Posted by Noego View Post
    Hello Angliholic,

    obsession and preoccupation are quite different, I can tell you that much.

    obsession: (n.)

    "something or someone that you think about all the time"

    preoccupation: (n.)

    "thinking or worrying about something too much"

    I think the best answer in your context is obsession. I myself used to be obsessed all the time about video games (they're quite addictive!) to the point where it really influenced my studies (not in a good way).

    In the following sentence:

    "Josh is a good student except his being preoccupied/obsession/preoccupation with video games."

    If John was preoccupied (read: worried) about video games, he could be worried that he was playing games too much.

    In the context however, obsession is definitely the best answer.
    Thanks, Noego.
    That's right--obsession is the right choice.
    Nevertheless, I've never seen "be obsessed about" but "be obsessed by/with." Is it a typo? Just to make sure.

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    Re: obsession/preoccupation

    Good observation.

    But it's not a typo.

    Click here to see what I mean.

    To be obsessed about something is also a correct expression.

    But you're right in being vigilant.

    I think being corrected when wrong is a great gift.

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    Re: obsession/preoccupation

    Thanks, Noego.
    You're so polite and humble.
    I like your saying--Being corrected when wrong is a great gift.

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