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Isn't it supposed to be "be choked" than just "choke"?


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"Be choked" has "be" in it, which implies that the action is being done by someone else to the person. "You could choke" in this sentence is used on its own, to imply metaphorically that the action is being caused by the person to himself (not someone doing it to another person). Ex: He's choking on an apple. Ex: I don't want to get choked by that guy.

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