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danan87

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Italian
Hello everyone!

I would be very grateful if you could let me know whether the term 'flank' is informal, or whether it would be ok to put it in an essay or formal document. Eg. Person x was flanked by a corrupted mentor.

Thanks in advance
 
  • Fabulist

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    American English
    It's not colloquial or informal; therefore, it could be used in a formal essay.

    However, I find your proposed sentence rather puzzling. I am afraid that you might misunderstand the meaning of "flank" or be using it improperly. Can you write your sentence in other words, even if it requires a lot more.
     

    perpend

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    American English
    danan, I think it sounds fine if the corrupted mentor was situated/positioned alongside Person X. It's not odd or unusual.
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Other people however might think it refers to the military maneuver and assume that the person is being attacked (especially with the negative word "corrupt" in the sentence).
     
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