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another verb for "to lock yourself" Options
robjen
Posted: Friday, February 02, 2018 2:54:11 AM
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I have a friend who struggles with math a lot. He, who wants to become a computer programmer, is required to take math courses. When my other friends and I try to help him learn math, he refuses our help. He wants to do it by himself. I am going to make up a sentence about that.

(1) My friend locks himself in a situation which prevents others from helping him.

Is there another verb to replace "locks" here? Thanks for your help.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, February 02, 2018 4:40:22 AM

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Seclude, immure, cloister, draw back, retreat...
Not exactly the same, but near.


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
Romany
Posted: Friday, February 02, 2018 5:01:49 AM
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Personally I find the use of "lock himself" doesn't fit in very well. If you really want to use it, though, the preposition "into" would make the sentence run more smoothly.

The choice of a native-speaker would be "He's "put" himself into....." or even more natural, "He's got himself into...."

I know learners often look for unusual words, synonyms or phrases that could replace given ones. This is a good way to increase one's understanding of English words and phrases.

However, the default position in *spoken* or "natural" English is: the simpler the better.
Shivanand
Posted: Friday, February 02, 2018 5:06:23 AM

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Hi Romany! After a log time! You have lost none of your teaching skills! Applause Applause Applause

Cheers!

कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन। मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते संगोऽस्त्वकर्मणि॥
Romany
Posted: Friday, February 02, 2018 5:40:26 AM
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Why Shiv, it's good to see you again! And thank you very much for your kind (if undeserved) words.
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