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Atatürk
Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2018 4:47:16 PM
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The rest will probably resort to drug and alcohol misuse excessively as a way of allaying the feeling of depression and hopelessness.

Have I used "excessively" correctly in this sentence?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, November 2, 2018 5:21:49 AM

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Grammatically, it is correct (it's an adverb following the verb-phrase which is modifies).

However, it's semantically redundant.

ANY drug and alcohol misuse is excessive.
You can either use 'excessive use of drugs and alcohol' or 'drug and alcohol misuse'.

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ozok
Posted: Friday, November 2, 2018 7:55:21 AM
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Quote:
...resort to drug and alcohol misuse excessively...



Do you mean 'drug and alcohol abuse'?



just sayin'
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, November 2, 2018 9:04:32 AM

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No - I mean misuse.

People rarely harm drugs by using them incorrectly - they just harm themselves.

They abuse themselves by misusing the drugs.

Synonyms: abuse, misuse
These verbs mean to treat wrongfully or harmfully.
'Abuse' applies to injurious or improper treatment: "We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us" (Aldo Leopold).
Misuse stresses incorrect or unknowledgeable handling: "How often misused words generate misleading thoughts" (Herbert Spencer).
TFD (American Heritage Dictionary)



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Dynamina
Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2018 9:15:07 AM
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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2018 3:45:00 AM

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Yes - those poor tobacco and marijuana plants.
People come along and rip off all the leaves, dry and burn them.
It real abuse of the plants!

Even worse for the grape-vines.
People take away all their young and squash them - vine-child abuse!
Whistle

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