overlook/neglect/ignore caring for your teeth

jesusguime

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Chinese
If you overlook caring for your teeth, you may end up with cavities.


HI,
I think "overlook" in the above is close in meaning to "neglect" rather than "ignore," right? Thanks.
 
  • johndot

    Senior Member
    English - England
    “Overlook” would not be used in this context because it has a meaning which is nearer to “forget”. It is, of course, possible to forget to brush your teeth occasionally, but in this sentence you need a word which indicates not caring for your teeth over a long period.

    “Neglect” is the right word here.
     
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