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    correct choice of words

    We were/are born as human beings; we have to design our lives so that we can enjoy our lives. If you/we find difficulty in smiling that means you/we are not enjoying your life.

    1. I believe in sentence 1 'were' is correct. Am I?

    2. Is 'design; the correct word to use?

    3. Is it OK to repeat 'our lives'?

    3, Is it OK for me to switch to 'you' in the last two choices? I think it is fine since I want to emphasise that you are the person I am addressing to.

    Many thanks.
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    Re: correct choice of words

    Could someone please help? Many thanks.

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    Re: correct choice of words

    My opinion:
    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    We were/are born as human beings; we have to design our lives so that we can enjoy our lives. If you/we find difficulty in smiling that means you/we are not enjoying your life.

    1. I believe in sentence 1 'were' is correct. Am I? Either would work here.

    2. Is 'design; the correct word to use? I'd use 'shape', but 'design is fine'.

    3. Is it OK to repeat 'our lives'? It reads more naturally with the pronoun 'them'.

    3, Is it OK for me to switch to 'you' in the last two choices? I think it is fine since I want to emphasise that you are the person I am addressing to. If that's what you want to say, then it's fine.

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    Re: correct choice of words

    Or "order our lives."

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