Common Mistakes : Menace

Common Mistakes : Menace

Common Mistakes : Menace


Menace – Verb

BAD: Nowadays world peace is menaced

GOOD: Nowadays world peace is threatened

Menace is usually used as a noun or adjective: ‘These street gangs are a social menace.’ ‘He was convicted of menacing behaviour.’ Menace is not often used as a verb

It appears mainly in formal styles and means ‘make or try to make someone feel their life or safety is in great danger’: His mighty war machine continues to menace neighbouring countries

When you are talking about something which is a danger to peace, survival, safety, health, happiness, etc, use threaten : ‘These poisonous liquids threaten the drinking water supply of two million people.’ AIDS could threaten the economic well-being of Asian countries

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