Is word ‘hell’ appropriate

Can you write the word ‘hell’ in a high school essay?
It relates to the word cobination ‘live in hell’.

7 Answers

  1. Well, I can’t find a reason for you not to use it in your essay. Especially in this context. If you are afraid that you’ll be misunderstood, then create a footnote that explains your choice of the word.
    This way you can assure yourself and your teacher that you meant nothing offensive.
    Good luck!

    CleverHe CleverHe Answered
  2. I suggest you not to. If you ask this question, then you are not sure. If you are not sure, then better pick a synonym or paraphrase the sentence.
    Or be prepared to answer the question of why you wrote it like this, so that there is no misunderstanding.

    Abelardo Abelardo Answered
  3. If you think that this is the best word choice, then use it and don’t even apologize for it. You can try finding some replacement words, but there really is no reason for it. It is a metaphor, after all, you are not offending anyone.

    Iska Iska Answered
  4. Hell’ has long stopped being a curse word. Moreover, you’re using it not as an actual curse word, but rather as a metaphor, so don’t even worry about it.

    X5 Lucky X5 Lucky Answered
  5. In my high school a teacher can occasionally swear, so it’s not a big deal. In this context, ‘hell’ is not even a curse word, so you’ll be perfectly fine.

    CEO CEO Answered
  6. Actually, it’s very common to say words like ‘going through hell’ or ‘living in hellish conditions’ and it’s doubtful that people, even a high school teacher will consider it offensive.

    Mike555 Mike555 Answered
  7. Apart from religious Christians, the word ‘hell’ is pretty much outmoded as a curse word, so in this context it’s okay. As long as the words is not used in a profane way, you can use it in your high school essay.

    Sachiko Yusimo Sachiko Yusimo Answered