Native English speakers, could you please help me with these issues?
Is this sentence correct:
"His mother INSTILLED in him that he should focus not so much on his limitations, but more on his potentialities."
- Mr. SmartypantsLv 72 months agoFavourite answer
'Instilled' means to introduce slowly, like medicine in a 'drip'. (In fact I think that's where the word comes from.)
So his mother could instill in him a sense of loyalty or patriotism or religion, little by little over many years.
But in this case it might be better to say his mother TAUGHT him or CONVINCED him.
The way you put it is not grammatically incorrect, I just think you used the wrong word.
- Gordon BLv 62 months ago
Seems valid to me.
- KiniLv 72 months ago
His mother instilled in him not to focus so much on his limitations . . .