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    #1

    sobs raking

    Hi

    If sobs are raking somebody does it mean something like "He/She is crying his/her heart out"?

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    Re: sobs raking

    I think it should be racking.

    You talk about a dry, racking cough, where your body shakes and you hurt a lot.
    If you are racked with sobs, you are crying so hard your shoulders shake, and you're in anguish.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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