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    Default exist/live cycling

    1.They are so poor that they can hardly exist.
    2.They are so poor that they can hardly live. (Is it correct to use live instead of exist?)

    3. He likes cycling. He cycles every Sunday.
    4. He likes riding bicycles. He rides bicycles every Sunday. (Is it natural?)

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    Default Re: exist/live cycling

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    I would say that it's correct to say live not exist. If the people you are describing were so poor they actually died of starvation, they would still exist as corpses.

    In your second set of sentences, number 3 is most natural. With number 4, you could certainly say He likes riding bicycles, but not He likes riding bicycles every Sunday it doesn't quite make sense. Something like:

    He likes riding bicycles. He cycles every Sunday.

    would be preferable.

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    Default Re: exist/live cycling

    I think 'exist' is possible - meaning #2: definition of exist from Oxford Dictionaries
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    Default Re: exist/live cycling

    Quote Originally Posted by iKitty View Post
    NOT A TEACHER

    I would say that it's correct to say live not exist. If the people you are describing were so poor they actually died of starvation, they would still exist – as corpses.

    In your second set of sentences, number 3 is most natural. With number 4, you could certainly say He likes riding bicycles, but not He likes riding bicycles every Sunday – it doesn't quite make sense. Something like:

    He likes riding bicycles. He cycles every Sunday.

    would be preferable.
    Thanks Moderator 5jj & ikitty..

    Sorry for my typing error!

    He likes riding bicycles every Sunday-no, not likes riding bicycles, rides bicycles.
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