Author Topic: On the way of learning to write  (Read 244 times)

Offline JTL

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On the way of learning to write
« on: July 15, 2017, 03:59:47 am »
I am on the way of learning to write, but the first step is to read more.  When reading, I came across this word "mistrust".  As an ENL, I was misled by my limited understanding of the prefix "mis" and thought that "mistrust" meant "trust wrongly".  Fortunately the resulting incongruous context made me consult a dictionary and I realized that "mistrust" actually means "not to trust".  This is one stone into my bag of learning.  Strolling on....

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Re: On the way of learning to write
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2017, 05:51:34 am »
Good to know, JTL, the misleading word "mistrust".  Thanks.  You are an ENL (English as a native language)?  --- tk

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Re: On the way of learning to write
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2017, 07:48:33 am »
Haha, that's too funny! I think you replied with the sole intention to point out this mistake I made.   ;D

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Re: On the way of learning to write
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2017, 08:17:50 am »
Not really.  I have actually been misled by the prefix, too.  :)  --- tk

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Re: On the way of learning to write
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2017, 11:29:20 am »
I don't think there is a single word in English for "trust wrongly" (neither is there in German).
You will always need a more elaborate construction to describe the concept.
If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†