When you want to say take one's life, that is, kill someone, using the verb deprive, do you say deprive one's life?

According to dictionaries, deprive is a transitive verb and its use is 'deprive A of B'.

Then, the possible expression could be deprive him or her of life. Is that right?

  • easy reference :learnersdictionary.com/search/deprive – Laure Jan 4 '12 at 7:12
  • Sadly, the dictionary entry does not explain whether 'deprive him or her of life.' is correct, as the OP wanted to know. If not, why? – Kris Jan 4 '12 at 7:31

It would be

deprive one of one's life

Yes, deprive is a transitive verb. him or her need to be repeated.

One could also deprive someone of someone else's something, not necessarily one's own, like support, benefit, etc., as in

deprive him of his father's support

By the way, it's better to avoid the use of one and substitute it with something more substantial.

  • Thank you very much. I see. The comment on the use of 'one' is helpful. Thank you. – foolnloof Jan 4 '12 at 7:28

Although there's nothing wrong with the grammaticality of the expression deprive someone of their life, it doesn't sound natural English. I wouldn't use it. You can use end or take someone's life instead.

  • I thought the same, too. However, I think OP's question is not about that anyway. – Kris Jan 4 '12 at 7:52

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