please, could you tell me what is the best collocation in the following context:

The professor REPRIMANDED her for writing a superficial essay.

Is SCOLDED a viable option? Thank you for the answers.

Reprimand Sounds very official. It sounds like she broke some kind of rule, eg she cheated on an exam.

I would use a milder term, in your example. eg He told her/complained that her essay was superficial.

Scold Sounds much less serious. Typically, we think of a parent scolding a small child. In my culture, a professor is a university teacher, and university students are treated as adults. So, they are not 'scolded'.

Best wishes, Clive
Scolding is much harser; I don't think a professor should ever scold someone.
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