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    Question strain

    Our human mechanism---brain and body---is breaking down under the strain.

    Could you explain to me what "strain" is?

    And I often hear "strain" with "stress" as in "stress and strain"...

    How are they related?


    Thanks in advance!

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    There`s a sarcastic smart-alecky little phrase we often use in the U.S., it`s:

    "Don`t strain yourself!"

    You`d use this on someone who won`t do his/her share of their work, and are generally dragging butt.

    If you`re driving your car up a steep incline, your car`s engine will be under stress, therefore it (the engine) will be straining to pull the car forward.

    The words are related, but not completely interchangeable.

    This is a tough one, I wish I could help you out more. Did you try looking up the words in a dictionary?

    P.S.- I have a question for you. Why is the hampster eating your finger?
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    Default Re: strain

    Quote Originally Posted by Hayseed View Post
    There`s a sarcastic smart-alecky little phrase we often use in the U.S., it`s:

    "Don`t strain yourself!"

    You`d use this on someone who won`t do his/her share of their work, and are generally dragging butt.

    If you`re driving your car up a steep incline, your car`s engine will be under stress, therefore it (the engine) will be straining to pull the car forward.

    The words are related, but not completely interchangeable.

    This is a tough one, I wish I could help you out more. Did you try looking up the words in a dictionary?

    P.S.- I have a question for you. Why is the hampster eating your finger?
    Yes, I did look this up in the dictionary before posting the question. I do think that they are somewhat related in meaning but just don't know how to use them accurately. I am a bit confused of their usage especially as verbs. Thanks for the reply, anyway, but I still do hope for more clarifications...

    What do you mean by: Why is the hampster eating your finger?
    - sorry if I didn't catch you're joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    What do you mean by: Why is the hampster eating your finger?
    - sorry if I didn't catch you're joke.
    Because of the avatar you`re using.

    You don`t need to reply back!

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    Default Re: strain

    Quote Originally Posted by Hayseed View Post
    Because of the avatar you`re using.

    You don`t need to reply back!
    Our human mechanism---brain and body---is breaking down under the strain.

    Is this what you mean? I just got this from an article I'm reading now..

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    Default Re: strain

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    Our human mechanism---brain and body---is breaking down under the strain.

    Could you explain to me what "strain" is?

    And I often hear "strain" with "stress" as in "stress and strain"...

    How are they related?


    Thanks in advance!
    Yes, they are related.

    Your source will give more information as to what strains are involved - social, economic, environmental, emotional. They are the influences that put pressure on an individual. Any and all can be responsible for breakdown in physical and mental health.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Yes, they are related.

    Your source will give more information as to what strains are involved - social, economic, environmental, emotional. They are the influences that put pressure on an individual. Any and all can be responsible for breakdown in physical and mental health.
    COuld you show me how they are related?

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    No but it is a recognised collocation.

    This last weekend has been exceptionally wet, resulting in widespread flooding, and for many people the stress and strain are almost unbearable.

    The nearest explanation I can give is the sense that you are pulled in two directions at once.

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