complain or ventilate

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Labga

Senior Member
Thai
Hi,

Suppose a situation: A man, living alone in a foreign country, talks about his trouble with life publicly.

I’m not sure which verb is to be used - ‘complain’ or ‘ventilate’.

‘He’s complaining about his trouble.’ or
‘He’s ventilating his trouble.’

Which is correct?

Thank you in advance.
 
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  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    He's complaining about his troubles.
    He's venting. He's had a lot of trouble recently.


    Not ventilating. And I think of "venting" in this context as slang.
     

    Labga

    Senior Member
    Thai
    Thank you all.
    Sorry for not writing the original post clearly. I've re-edited it already.

    Can I say...

    'He's venting his troubles'
     

    Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    No, but you could say "He's venting about his troubles." It occurs to me that you can use it the same way you use "complain":

    He's complaining.
    He's complaining about all his troubles.

    He's venting.
    He's venting about all his troubles.
     
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