-She was forced to resign because of the scandal. //The situation is simply beyond her control.Yes.
She was compelled / forced / obliged to resign because of the scandal.
What is the difference between them?
Hello, Takahero. I answered this question in another thread of yours. I don't use "oblige" that way, but quite a few people do.The third is not quite right because it is not an action that her boss could cause.
Longman Advanced Learners Dictionary says that "Do not use oblige when you are talking about a person making someone do something".
Do you think that oblige taking animate subjects is unacceptabale?
(I found a sentence with oblige taking a human subject)
ex. Don Cruickshank, the telecommunication regulator, has virtually obliged BT to buy Cable and Wireless...(Wordbank)
So there is no problem for "be obliged to do" to be used with "by someone", right?I don't see any difference in meaning here, Takahero. "Obliged" here means the same thing as "obligated" or "forced". The students, Mary, and "she" are all doing things that somebody else wants them to do. The word "obliged" in these sentences makes it clear that they are being controlled by somebody else's wishes as they do these things. They're probably not happy about that. I don't much like being "obliged", "obligated", or "forced" by others to do things I don't want to do. I suspect that many other people share my dislike for the situations that "obliged" expresses.
See post #11!So there is no problem for "be obliged to do" to be used with "by someone", right?
Why did paulQ reject "She was obliged to resign by her boss."?
If I'm wrong then natives will correct me, but based on my experience I think that:Would you explain the difference among "force", "comple" and "onlige" using the following sentences?
a. Thousands were forced to sleep on the street.
b. Thousands were compelled to sleep on the street.
c. Thousands were obliged to sleep on the street.
I would like to clarify the difference as much as possible.
Thank you for your cooperation.