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Adverse vs averse?

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AshGirl Thu 13-Jun-19 18:32:22

This is driving me slightly potty. Am I right that the phrase is 'I am not averse to' eg using the naughty step? Or is it 'Am I not adverse ...'?

I have seen the latter quite a bit on MN and now I am doubting myself.

Can a pedant help me please?

villainousbroodmare Thu 13-Jun-19 18:34:09

You're right.

mawof3soontobe Thu 13-Jun-19 18:35:34

It's averse. Adverse means to prevent a good outcome from something e.g. The child's behaviour is having an adverse effect on their learning. Averse means against or in opposition of, so using it in the context you explain is correct

TrixieFranklin Thu 13-Jun-19 18:35:37

I believe you would you adverse if you were talking about a 'thing' like the weather being adverse.
Averse is used when talking about people and their feelings towards something.

Happy to be told I'm wrong though!

AshGirl Thu 13-Jun-19 19:41:23

Thanks so much! I was pretty sure I was right, though I understand why people are using the word 'adverse' in that context.

DramaAlpaca Thu 13-Jun-19 19:43:42

You are definitely right.

Notcopingwellhere Fri 28-Jun-19 10:17:11

I came on to post about this! I keep seeing and hearing “risk adverse” everywhere! Drives me mad.

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