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    I have different view with someone over this sentence.

    " I am accustomed to being cold "

    I don't think this is a correct sentence, and my argument is ' accustomed to ' should be followed by a noun or ' being ' + ' past participle '

    So, It will become " I am accustomed to the cold or coldness " or another example

    I am accustomed to being scolded. :) as ' being scolded ' is a phrase modifying the subject ' I ' ?

    I wonder if my understanding serves me right ?

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    The original sentence would be better with 'the cold' or 'to feeling cold' IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    The original sentence would be better with 'the cold' or 'to feeling cold' IMHO.
    Thanks :)

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    I think "I am accustomed to being cold" is perfectly okay. It might not be as common as some other usages, but it is not, I think, incorrect. "I am accustomed to being happy" or "I am accustomed to being tired" follow the same pattern and are also good.

    :)

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    But being happy or being tired serve as adj phrase modiying the subject. They refer to a state of being of the subject.

    But being cold doesn't sound like it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    But being happy or being tired serve as adj phrase modiying the subject. They refer to a state of being of the subject.

    But being cold doesn't sound like it ?
    They are all adjectives modifying the subject. I don't think the sentence in question is as common as something like I am used to the cold, but I don't think it is incorrect.

    :)


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    Is Ron pain in the neck ? Nope :) probably ' apple in the eyes ' for the opposite sex, hah who knows :)

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