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    #1

    He admits to having battled self-confidence issus for/during his whole life.

    ' He admits to having battled self-confidence issus for/during his whole life'.


    Hi guys !


    The above sentence is from an exam for Korean highchoolers and the answer is 'for' not 'during'.

    I wonder why we can't say 'during his whole life' in this sentence.


    Thank you guys and have a great new week!

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    #2

    Re: He admits to having battled self-confidence issus for/during his whole life.

    I would use neither 'during' nor 'for', but 'throughout'. (I'm not sure why 'for' should be considered 'better').

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    Re: He admits to having battled self-confidence issus for/during his whole life.

    PS Battling an issue strikes me as an odd collocation anyway.
    PPS Neither COCA nor BNC has any instance of it.

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    Last edited by BobK; 24-Sep-2012 at 12:00. Reason: Added PPS

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    Re: He admits to having battled self-confidence issus for/during his whole life.

    I agree with Bob (both posts).

    It's a pig of a question to ask Korean high-schoolers to answer.

    Rover

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    Re: He admits to having battled self-confidence issus for/during his whole life.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I agree with Bob (both posts).

    It's a pig of a question to ask Korean high-schoolers to answer.

    Rover
    Sorry.. What does 'a pig of a question' mean?


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    #6

    Re: He admits to having battled self-confidence issus for/during his whole life.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    Sorry.. What does 'a pig of a question' mean?

    NOT A TEACHER

    A difficult question. See definition #4 pig - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online.

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