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Mary and Jen are children.

They play with each other, and Jen often says a lot and does not let Mary say much. Jen often suggests doing many things. Normally, Mary just follows what Jen asks her to do. Mary does not have many chances to express her ideas or do things she wants both of them do.

What is a common verb we use to express that one tries to do things to make others in the group follow him/her?

For example, Jen dominates Mary, or do we have a more common word to express it?

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  • 'Jen always takes the lead in their games' would be an uncritical way to describe the situation. Dec 30, 2023 at 17:45

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There are the verbs "to boss" and "to boss around" and someone can be "bossy".

Jen is so bossy. She's always bossing Mary around.

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The following descriptions are quite strong:

does not let Mary say much

Mary does not have many chances to express her ideas

to make others in the group follow him/her

Hence we could consider dictate:

Jen dictates all their decisions.

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    Your analysis is good, because leadership is respectful where bullying is not. Dec 31, 2023 at 0:30

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