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    Smile she spent years suffering from mental pain and distress.

    After losing her son, she spent years suffering from mental pain and distress.


    Does the above sample sound good? Should I omit "from" or keep it? Thanks.

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    Default Re: she spent years suffering from mental pain and distress.

    How about... "After losing her son, she spent years suffering with mental pain and distress."

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    Smile Re: she spent years suffering from mental pain and distress.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hi_there_Carl View Post
    How about... "After losing her son, she spent years suffering with mental pain and distress."
    Thanks, Carl.
    But you give me more trouble than help by adding "with" there. First, is "with" optional? If not, what does it mean here?

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    Default Re: she spent years suffering from mental pain and distress.

    I'm feeling puzzled about this problem too.

    BLOOMSBURY GOOD WORD GUIDE:
    I suffer from hay fever.
    I suffer with my hay fever. (with is often followed by one's)

    Oxford ADVANCED LEARNER'S DICTIONARY:
    suffer from: to be badly affected by a disease, pain, sadness, a lack of sth etc
    He suffers from asthma.
    road accident victims suffering from shock

    suffer vt. : to experience something unpleasant such as injury, defeat or loss
    He suffered a massive heart attack.
    The party suffered a humiliating defeat in the general election.
    The company suffered huge losses in the last financial year.

    I'm hoping someone can help us with something easier for us to understand or remember.
    Last edited by joham; 11-Dec-2007 at 07:11. Reason: a typo.

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    Default Re: she spent years suffering from mental pain and distress.

    Perhaps it is just writers choice as with and from are both prepositions. I am not sure there is a significant difference between saying "I suffer with pain" or "I suffer from pain" I have seen it both ways and I am not sure either.

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