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Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 5:46:04 AM
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There may be others who are hurting in human relationships and still others who have reached an insurmountable obstacle, both materially and mentally.

1. Is 'hurting' correctly used? It refers to the people who feel hurt in their relationship.
2. Should there be a comma after 'obstacle'?

Thanks.
BHUDSON
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 7:23:14 AM

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The word "hurting" is correctly used here in one of its meanings. Also, the comma is correctly placed. The sentence makes perfectly good sense.
Romany
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 7:48:12 AM
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Yes, it certainly makes sense and would be understood perfectly. However, to a native ear 'hurting' is a very casual, slang-type of word and the rest of the sentence is written in standard English. So the juxtaposition of the one slangy word with phrases such as e.g.: - "insurmountable obstacles" is one which 'surprises' one's ear!
Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 7:50:35 AM
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Romany wrote:

Yes, it certainly makes sense and would be understood perfectly. However, to a native ear 'hurting' is a very casual, slang-type of word and the rest of the sentence is written in standard English. So the juxtaposition of the one slangy word with phrases such as e.g.: - "insurmountable obstacles" is one which 'surprises' one's ear!

Thanks, Romany.

What word would you suggest to replace 'hurting'?
Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 8:20:48 AM

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Koh Elaine enquires;

There may be others who are hurting in human relationships and still others who have reached an insurmountable obstacle, both materially and mentally.

Romany, is 'in' necessary in 'in human relationship'? Shouldn't 'in' be replaced with 'the'?
Can 'hurting' be replaced with 'maiming' or 'harming'?

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hedy mmm
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Koh Elaine wrote:
There may be others who are hurting in human relationships and still others who have reached an insurmountable obstacle, both materially and mentally.

BHUDSON wrote:
The word "hurting" is correctly used here in one of its meaning. Also the comma is correctly placed. The sentence makes perfectly good sense.


Koh Elaine's your sentence is perfect!...

BHUDSON you are absolutely correct Applause...And let me be the first to welcome you to TFD. hedy Dancing



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BHUDSON
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 9:02:02 AM

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Better might be something like, ". . . and still others who feel blocked ["limited"? "prevented"?] by circumstance or ["incapability? "lack of capacity"?]."
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