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desiccate vs desiccated Options
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Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 5:42:42 PM
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Wonder when do we use desiccate and other times desiccated?

"There was only the sun-bruised and desiccate feeling in his mind" (why not desiccated?)
why a desiccate romance but desiccated mummies/coconut meat?

Help...
AccidentalPolyglot
Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 6:26:57 PM
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Think of the difference between dry and dried. Desiccate means dry and lifeless; desiccated means dried, as in something that has been dried, usually intentionally, by an external agent.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 5:48:51 AM
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AccidentalPolyglot wrote:
Think of the difference between dry and dried. Desiccate means dry and lifeless; desicated means dried, as in something that has been dried, usually intentionally, by an agent.


Thanks for your reply.

Just to clarify...
which means for a physical thing i can use "desiccated"
but something abstract like feeling i can only use "desiccate" and never "desiccated", right?




AccidentalPolyglot
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 7:44:40 PM
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I do believe you've got it. I sat here trying to think of any exception to your summation before posting, but nothing comes to me at the moment. Except, of course, my own typo and omission in my first reply. I just now edited those, but of course it lives on forever in the quote, lol!
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Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2009 2:03:08 AM
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Thanks very much for your help AccidentalPolyglot!
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