WOTW: complain (v)

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triplo word of the week - complain

 

今週のWOTWは『complain』です。’Complain’ is a verb that is very commonly misused as a noun, given that the noun is spelled a little differently. We’ve also found that a lot of people in Japan use ‘claim’ when they really should be using ‘complain’. But more of that later! First, let’s have a look at ‘complain’ in a few example sentences. It is good to keep in mind that ‘complain’ is always followed by ‘about’, ‘that’, ’to’, or ‘of’:

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- My neighbour complains about the noise, but I can’t live without music. (to say that something is wrong or not satisfactory)

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- She complained that her husband never buys her flowers. (to say that something is wrong or not satisfactory)

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- When something is wrong, it is usually more efficient to complain to the manager. (to tell someone officially or formally that something is wrong)

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Now, when followed by ‘of’, it is usually to let other people know that something is making you feel bad or ill. It’s a phrasal verb (complain of something) and it is commonly used in its present continuous form:

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- She’s been complaining of a bad toothache for weeks now. She should go see a dentist.

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Now, the noun is ‘complaint’, with a final T. Remember that!

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発音は /kəmˈpleɪn/ です。来週は『claim』の使い方について話すつもりです。また来週!

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