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I want to write something that means the same thing as "had changed destiny." I was going to use those words, but something didn't seem right. I googled that phrase, and came up with only one thing. So I don't think it's grammatically correct. Is it? What could I say that means the same thing?

  • You are going to have to give us more context if you want constructive answers. Many people would not regard "destiny" as something that can be changed, for instance. – user1579 Jun 21 '11 at 12:55
  • Like say someone is telling lots of lies, and they are enough to change someone else's destiny and make them go down the wrong road. – language hacker Jun 21 '11 at 13:04
  • you mean like a fake astrologer? – JoseK Jun 21 '11 at 13:13
  • @JoseK Simple untruthful word said in the right ear can destroy a kingdom you know. Without need for fake astrology :) – Philoto Jun 21 '11 at 13:29
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There is nothing wrong with your had changed destiny grammatically. IF you don't like the sound of it, rephrase. You can use fate instead of destiny, altered instead of changed, you can change the grammatical structure of your sentence (use passive voice for example)

Someone's destiny was changed

Or there's another nice construction (don't remember it's proper grammatical name):

Someone had his/her destiny changed

There are tons of other ways to say the same thing

John's lies influenced Anne's fate.

John loved lying, artfully altering the very fate of those listening to him with only words.

  • I think altered is a better verb for this for sure. – Bradley Swain Jun 21 '11 at 14:15

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