The non native speaker does not want to fall into the trap of using a foreign strange word.

Does the word trap in the above sentence make sense in context?

  • As a native speaker, somehow the phrase "foreign strange word" feels just a little bit off to me (but perhaps others would disagree?) I think it has to do with the nuanced concept of adjective order described here: gingersoftware.com/content/grammar-rules/adjectives/… ... in the end "strange foreign word" feels more natural to my ears.
    – Andy Ford
    Commented Jan 20, 2021 at 22:45
  • Agreed. "Foreign strange word" does not obey correct adjective order. Commented Sep 1, 2021 at 10:03

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Yes the usage of the word "trap" and the idiom "fall into the trap" sound totally fine to my native speaker ears.

See also: https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/fall+into+the+trap+of+(doing+something) and: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/fall-into-the-trap-of-doing-something

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    @niamulbengali thanks for the hint! I've added 2 sources 👍
    – Andy Ford
    Commented Jan 21, 2021 at 15:52

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