dispense with disastrous habits

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alsoup

Senior Member
Greek
Hello everyone,

is it correct to use "dispense with" to talk about harmful habits?

She needs to dispense with her disastrous habits (smoking/ drinking alcohol etc) if she wants to remain healthy.

What other phrases might sound natural?
do away with?
get rid of?
 
  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    Is it correct to use "dispense with" to talk about harmful habits?

    She needs to dispense with her disastrous habits (smoking/ drinking alcohol etc) if she wants to remain healthy.
    Yes, "dispense with" is grammatically correct, but not (at least in AE) very idiomatic, in my opinion. We'd more likely use abandon or give up. (And I find "disastrous" a little strong. I think we'd say harmful.)
     
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