Hugo350z

New Member
Spanish - Venezuela
Hello there, ladies and gentlemen:

I'm new in this site, so this is my first post; sorry for any mistakes in advance.

Right, so here's my question:

Is this sentence correct?

"If you mix salt with water and you use it to rinse your mouth, you can better the pain."

This is regarding a tip for pain relief, in this case toothache.

Thanks for your help!
 
  • Gabriel

    Senior Member
    Argentina / Español
    Sí, es correcto:

    better
    VT mejorar [+ record, score] superar
    to better o.s. (financially) mejorar su posición; (culturally, educationally) superarse
     

    The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    No, I would not use "better the pain" (although "make the pain better" might be okay). I would say "relieve / reduce / help the pain."
     

    Gabriel

    Senior Member
    Argentina / Español
    Just for the record, I didn't say that I would say it or that it sounds great. Just that it is correct, perhaps barely.
     

    Hugo350z

    New Member
    Spanish - Venezuela
    No, I would not use "better the pain" (although "make the pain better" might be okay). I would say "relieve / reduce / help the pain."

    I agree with The Newt. I would say "relieve/reduce/help/alleviate." "Better the pain" suena medio rebuscado.

    Z

    Thanks for your help! I thought "better the pain" was correct, but it was not, and as "ZSThomp" said, it does not sound like a phrase one would use. Be well.
     
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