1. Geckofeet
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    The Opposite of 'blindfold'

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Geckofeet, Aug 5, 2011.

    Hey guys, I'm trying to figure out whether I should use

    un-blindfold or unblindfold

    Neither of them seem right. Microsoft Word is telling me that I should just give up on these words. Could somebody suggest a better word?

    The sentence is: She unblindfolds him.

    Thanks :D
     
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    She removed the blindfold from his face.

    or (to be clever-er...er)

    She reached out and removed the cloth that had been blinding him.

    Or any of a million derivations thereof.

    Unblindfolds sounds weird (and is incorrect) because that isn't the action that is taking place (though, you are un-blinding and unfolding, I suppose.)

    The magic of English is there are tons of great words to paint the action for a reader. Instead of someone being "almost dead" they can "cling to life."
     
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    She removed his blindfold.

    No need to create words when simple ones will do.
     
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    amen to that, Q!

    it makes no sense to try to make up a word for something that can be worded well conventionally...
     
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    Oh hahahaha! Thanks all! I don't know what possessed me to be stuck on such a silly statement. I guess I can't just randomly put un-somethings wherever I want.

    -Instant Braindeath-

    I need sleep xD
     

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