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    left or be left

    I lost my sight when I was four years old by falling off a car and landing on my head. Now I am thirty-two. I can vaguely remember the brightness of sunshine and what colour red is . It would be wonderful to see again , but a calamity can do strange things to people . It occurred to me the other day that I might not have come to love life as I do if I hadn' t been blind . I believe in life now. I am not so sure that I would have believed in it so deeply, otherwise. I don' t mean that I would prefer to go without my eyes . I simply mean that the loss of them made me appreciate the more what I had left . Life, I believe, asks a continuous series of adjustments to reality . The more readily a person is able to make these adjustments, the more meaningful his own private world becomes . The adjustment is never easy . I was bewildered and afraid . But I was lucky . My parents and my teachers saw something in me ——a _2__to live, you might call it ——which I didn' t see, and they made me want to fight it out with blindness .

    Two questions for you:

    1. The underlined "left" is very puzzling to me. Shouldn't it be written as follows:
    The loss of them made me appreciate the more what "was left to me".
    2. A. purpose B. potential
    The answer is B, but can't I choose A since I want to express "he should have a sense of purpose to live" ?

    Thanks for your help.


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    Re: left or be left

    (Not a Teacher)

    1) No, "what I had left" is fine.

    2) Honestly, neither one sounds right. If the answer is 'purpose', it ought to be written like this:
    "---a purpose for living---" (or you could say "a reason to live")
    Or if it's potential:
    "---a potential to live up to---"
    Last edited by SlickVic9000; 21-Jul-2012 at 05:25.

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