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    wanes/withers/wilts

    As time passes by, the beauty of a woman ....(wears out/ wanes/withers). What is the apt word here?

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    Re: wanes/withers/wilts

    wears out is correct wanes -shrinks in size? withers-disappears after sometime

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    Re: wanes/withers/wilts

    Quote Originally Posted by rj1948 View Post
    wears out is correct wanes -shrinks in size? withers-disappears after sometime
    I believe the word you're looking for here is 'fades'; e.g., the collocation beauty fades.

    Wear out is incorrect.

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    Re: wanes/withers/wilts

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    I believe the word you're looking for here is 'fades'; e.g., the collocation beauty fades.

    Wear out is incorrect.
    Soup is absolutely right.

    A faded beauty (= a woman who was beautiful in the past).

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    Re: wanes/withers/wilts

    The question is which is apt. wears out is close to fades

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    Re: wanes/withers/wilts

    Quote Originally Posted by rj1948 View Post
    The question is which is apt. wears out is close to fades
    I think you're talking about Indian English. In International English, as Soup and others have said, 'beauty' does not collocate with 'wears out'. These results from a BNC search show that typically physical objects wear out:


    1 EX0 Good carpet wool needs to combine softness with strength and springiness, otherwise the rug wears out quickly and fails to return to its original shape if creased or depressed.
    2 B75 , photosetting should also improve the quality of the finished product. Metal type wears out , and new "founts" (complete sets of a single design)
    3 KBX Well if we Which is more, but let's face it at the moment wears out as it grows older doesn't it? Aye, do you know why
    4 K22 Interview(s) not recorded in text It's hoped that wneh the Oxford Universal Hip wears out the bone will be healthier to receive a new implant, causing the patient
    5 C9M but it's a nice machine and I'll be sorry when the tape wears out . 3) In the instruction manual for the BOSS ME-5 it says to
    6 HH3 of oiling their bikes (I later discovered that oiling bikes in dusty regions wears out the moving parts rather than preserving them). I felt I was becoming a ...
    (3 looks like a counter-example, but "moment" is not the subject of "wears out". Besides, the syntax is very odd and looks dialectal.)

    "Humour", "patience" and other abstract nouns can wear thin. "Beauty" could only wear out, in British English, in an extreme and jocular context (which makes implicit reference to physical wear).

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    Re: wanes/withers/wilts

    Quote Originally Posted by rj1948 View Post
    The question is which is apt. wears out is close to fades
    Fades or wanes are correct, wears out is not.

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    Re: wanes/withers/wilts

    Thanks BobK and baisahab
    'fades' and 'wanes' mean disappear
    Ex.waning moon;fades away


    Your answers are well taken and appreciated
    Last edited by rj1948; 04-May-2008 at 11:37.

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