scolds/curses

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user_gary

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Whenever I do something wrong in home, my mother scolds/curses me.


I used to understand the both (scolds/curses) as having the same meaning. Do you know any differences?

Are there another alternatives for scolds/curses which are more common in this situation?
 

Horsa

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A synonym for scolds might be 'tell off'

Whenever I do something wrong at home my mother tells me off.

I cannot imagine using 'curses' in this context as it seems too strong.
 

vil

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Dear User_gary,

There are a little more synonyms of "scold ": admonish, blame, censure, chide, find fault with, lecture, neg, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, take to task, tick-off, upbraid.


There are also a few very interesting synonyms of the noun "scolding": castigation, dressing-down, earful, lecture, rebuke, reprimand, reproof, row, talking -to, telling-off, ticking-off.

Regards.

V.
 

user_gary

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Thank you friends.

My mother tells me off if I don't do homework.

My father will tell me off as I have lost my bike.

Are the both sentences correct?
 
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