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Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2021 11:27:36 PM
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During the darkest period, moral supports were like energy boosters. SMSes on my smartphone read: “Be strong, you will survive", "Don't give up hope", "We will pray for you", among others.

1. Is 'supports' correctly used? Or should it be "support was like an energy booster"?
2. Are there any errors in the sentence?

Thanks.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2021 11:47:05 PM

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Who is to deny using language like this?
If it's not so-called school-English, it's understandable, and valid these days.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, November 26, 2021 12:00:53 AM
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Who is to deny using language like this?
If it's not so-called school-English, it's understandable, and valid these days.


JJ, please elaborate on your reply.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, November 26, 2021 12:05:48 AM

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I'm not sure if it is 100% correct, but I can read it, understand it. There's anything wrong.

FounDit
Posted: Friday, November 26, 2021 10:54:43 AM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
During the darkest period, moral supports were like energy boosters. SMSes on my smartphone read: “Be strong, you will survive", "Don't give up hope", "We will pray for you", among others.

1. Is 'supports' correctly used? Or should it be "support was like an energy booster"?
2. Are there any errors in the sentence?

Thanks.

I would suggest "support" as a general term to mean all supports such as those received and compare them to energy boosters. "During the darkest period, moral support was like an energy booster..." . You could also say, "During the darkest period, moral support from others was like an energy booster..." .

Using "supports" as a plural suggests each individual support as if each was an energy booster. So it depends on how you look at support. To me, the plural sounds a bit strange, but it is understandable.
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