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Sounds weird to me, too, but "decide on a loan" doesn't sound weird to me.
On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 9:09 AM, Downing, David <DavidDowning -at- users -dot- com>wrote:
> I just never heard "decide" by itself used as a transitive verb before.
> So maybe technically, it's okay, but it sounds weird.
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> From: Pinkham, Jim [mailto:Jim -dot- Pinkham -at- voith -dot- com]
> Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2008 8:59 AM
> To: Downing, David; Combs, Richard; Lauren; quills -at- airmail -dot- net;
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> Subject: RE: "Gage"
> Just to play the devil's advocate: Why can't one decide a loan? How is
> that different from deciding a boxing match or a court case, especially
> the latter? The judge decides, for instance, whether to rule in favor of
> the plaintiff. But if we say that she decided the case, the meaning is
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