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luckyguy
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 4:02:12 AM
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Suppose that you disagreed with someone's comments on your writing about the dangers of cycling without a helmet and you wanted to prove them wrong. Can you say:

"I disapproved their comments with some supporting real-life examples."

Can you use the verb "disapprove"? Thanks.
dinska
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 4:44:18 AM
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You can say "I disapproved of their comments" as opinion, but it has a more formal connotation, but you can't say "I disapproved their comments" as you might say "I disproved their comments".
mactoria
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 4:54:26 AM
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Luckyguy: No you can't use "disapprove" in the context that you seem to be trying.

Check the dictionary definition(s) for "disapprove": to have an unfavorable or negative opinion about something.
Check the dictionary definition(s) for "disprove": to prove to be false, invalid, or in error.

So you can disagree with someone's comments (disapproving), or you can prove someone's comments false/invalid (disproving). Your post seems to be conveying that you both disagree with someone's comments and also want to prove their comments to be false. To do this, one way to write the sentence would be "I disapproved of their comments on what I wrote, so I gave them real-life examples supporting my opinion that cycling without a helmet is dangerous." There are probably many other ways of writing the sentence (or perhaps cutting it into two different sentences), others may want to suggest them.


thar
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 6:03:30 AM

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I agree. These are two different words.

Approve of something. - disapprove of something.
It is to think it is a good thing or a bad thing.
I disapprove of your boyfriend. I approve of free healthcare.
The nouns are approval, disapproval.


Prove something, disprove something.
Give evidence to show it is true,or not true.
I proved he is guilty. I can disprove this claim by the newspaper.
Nouns are proof, or lack of proof ( technically also 'disproof', but you would never say that. You can only have proof it isn't true).
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