Can I say "inbuilt desire"? I think women have an natural/inbuilt desire for buying beautiful clothes. Can I say "inbuilt desire" under this context? If not, what will you say with the word "inbuilt"? Thank you!
Jul 27, 2014 12:16 PM
Answers · 11
"Innate" is the obvious choice. It means "present since birth, not learned." "Inherent" works. "Inbuilt" is wrong. "Built-in" works, but it a colloquial and informal. "Natural" works. "Instinctive" works.
July 27, 2014
We'd understand what you meant, but I don't think that it collocates well. Dan has given you a selection of excellent alternatives, though. You are spoilt for choice!
July 27, 2014
Thank you, Richard! Your discussion below is very helpful!
July 28, 2014
I believe the best choice is "innate", as well-stated by Dan.
July 27, 2014
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