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"to deserve"

Posted 1/22/2015

My students this morning found it quite difficult to use "to deserve" correctly. Let's study! 
"to deserve" means you have done something and FOR THAT you have a claim to an appropriate reward or sometimes even punishment.
Examples:

1. The invention of mobile phones that needn't be charged every day would really deserve the Nobel Prize!
2. He is not a good man and he has no money. I think he does not deserve such a beautiful girlfriend.
3. The ice-skater's performance was great, but she only got the 6th rank. I think she deserved the gold metal!
4. He has never worked hard in his life. He only got rich because he inherited all the money from his father. He doesn't deserve all this money!

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