Hi,

This is not a question of grammar, but a definition of words in context. In the following sentence, 

"You should recollect a past event that was highly emotional/abusive for you."

do you think that the two words 'emotional' and 'abusive' are synonymous here or not? Here, the past event is a bad experience and the author insists on addressing the wound by writing and/or talking about it.

 

I am posting because we (not native speakers) have some controversy. So I am asking for intelligent answer here. Thanks.

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moon2 posted:
 In the following sentence,
 

"You should recollect a past event that was highly emotional/abusive for you."

do you think that the two words 'emotional' and 'abusive' are synonymous here or not?

Hello, Moon,

I'm afraid that "emotional" and "abusive" are never synonymous. Have you looked the words up in a dictionary?

The sentence doesn't work at all with "abusive" and is only marginally acceptable with "emotional." You might consider using one of these sentences instead:

  • You should recollect a past event in which you were highly emotional.
  • You should recollect a past event in which you felt very abused.

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