General Writing and Grammar Help/Set someone straight


Dear Ted:

What does "to set someone straight" mean?

Would you please give me some examples of how to use the above phrase/expression?

Thank you,


Dear Paolo:

What does "to set someone straight" mean?

It means to correct his errors.

Jack misunderstood the teacher's directions, so I helped to set him straight.

Jane had the misconception that she did not have to attend class.  I set her straight
by showing her the course requirements.

Thomas confused Beethoven with Bach.  I set him straight on the difference between the two composers.


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Ted Nesbitt


I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.


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B. A. and M. A in English; MSIS in Library & Information Sciences; graduate study in philosophy

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