Is this proper english? *The Giver by Lois Lowry*?

Is it ok to say: They chastise the use of the word love.

Would it be better to say: They discourage the use of love.

Am i using chastise properly? This is for an english essay and I'm not sure.


hmmm.... what else could I put that would be more appropriate?

6 Answers

  • 7 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Yes, the sentence makes perfect sense. You may want to give examples for what kind of chastisement takes place.

  • ?
    Lv 5
    7 years ago

    Chastise means to admonish; to reprimand severely. example: Fred's mother and father chastised him for getting a speeding ticket.

    The word English always starts with a capital E.

    They discourage the use of the word love. would be a better sentence.

  • 7 years ago

    You're using it properly. But CHASTISE is a much more severe word than DISCOURAGE.

    If they're giving a very strong rebuke, really coming down hard, it's chastise.

  • Anna
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    You should say : They discourage the use of love.

    Chastise is to punish someone, penalise, etc. (ex. the person was chastised; therefore he would be put in jail)

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    No...You chastise somebody but not an action.

    They chastise anyone who says "love."

    They discourage people from saying "love," because anyone who says "love" will be chastised.

  • 7 years ago

    It sounds ok. but u need to ensure what ur writing as it relates to love being chastise actually relates to the definition of chastise. which may mean the following:

    Rebuke or reprimand severely.

    Punish, esp. by beating.

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