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    all hurdled of life

    Hello,

    Does the phrase 'all hurdles of life' make sense in the following context:

    'it's great when a person can do something that gives them pleasure and brings money. As we can see in the article, the boy tries to behave as a man and in my opinion he does it perfectly. I think he isn't yet prepared well for all hurdles of life, but he tries to be a man, not a defenseless boy.'

    Thank you for the time and help.

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    Re: all hurdled of life

    Shakespeare called them 'the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune', but 'hurdles' is fine.

    Two tiny nits:
    • If you're aiming for Am. English, 'defenseless' is right; the Br E has a c.
    • 'behave like a man' would be better. I think it's compulsory for Am E, though a prescriptively-taught Br Eng-speaking pedant () would hold that it should be 'behave as a man would'


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    Re: all hurdled of life

    Hello,
    The site we post comments at is an American one, and it has an in-built spell-checker which works fast. So I have no option but to stick to AmE. I used to explain the differences in detail, but now I have stopped. The main idea is to speak good English and be aware of possible differences between BrE and AmE.
    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Shakespeare called them 'the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune', but 'hurdles' is fine.

    Two tiny nits:
    • If you're aiming for Am. English, 'defenseless' is right; the Br E has a c.
    • 'behave like a man' would be better. I think it's compulsory for Am E, though a prescriptively-taught Br Eng-speaking pedant () would hold that it should be 'behave as a man would'


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