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Why did 'calmed her anger' not incorrect? #1 (permalink) Sun Jun 17, 2007 8:23 am   Why did 'calmed her anger' not incorrect?
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #86 "Common English Errors (2)", question 5

After the attack, the woman ......... quickly.

(a) calmed down
(b) calmed down her anger
(c) calmed her anger
(d) calmed her feelings

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #86 "Common English Errors (2)", answer 5

After the attack, the woman calmed down quickly.

Correct answer: (a) calmed down

Your answer was: incorrect
After the attack, the woman calmed her anger quickly.
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Calmed down #2 (permalink) Sun Jun 17, 2007 18:50 pm   Calmed down
 

Hello,
It's 'calmed down' because the object of calm down is always a person. So, you can't say "She calmed down her anger."
I hope this helps.
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Why did 'calmed her anger' not incorrect? #3 (permalink) Tue Jun 19, 2007 9:09 am   Why did 'calmed her anger' not incorrect?
 

Hello! And when can "calm smb's anger" be used?
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Calmed down #4 (permalink) Tue Jun 19, 2007 9:23 am   Calmed down
 

Hello Elly,
You should never say "She calmed down her anger." You should say "She calmed down" because the object of calm down is always a person.
Let me know if you have any questions. :D
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Why did 'calmed her anger' not incorrect? #5 (permalink) Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:11 pm   Why did 'calmed her anger' not incorrect?
 

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Elly did not ask about "calm down one's anger". Elly asked why "calmed her anger" cannot be used in the sentence. Since that question has not actually been addressed yet, I'll suggest that it's due to the fact that 'anger' isn't necessarily the emotion or the only emotion that you might feel after an attack.

Innominata, you asked when "calm one's anger" can be used. Conchita's post provides an example of how to use 'calm my anger' here.
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