Little language tip: Distressed, distraught

    I spotted this on a site which shall remain nameless*.

    In an article about a musician who had killed two people in a car crash was this phrase, used as a subhead:

    “Singer takes to Facebook to express his distraught”.

    Distraught is an adjective and can’t be used in that place in the sentence. The verb “express” needs a noun, and the right one here would be “distress”. The singer, on the other hand, can be distraught (or distressed).

    • I never mention the sites or names of authors where I spot mistakes. My purpose is not to name and shame or score points.




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