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    Can someone be in a bad state?

    Hello,

    Is the use of "state" correct here, please?

    "My cousin is badly depressed. He drinks a lot of alcohol and refuses to work. He is in a terrible state. "

    Cheers

    Will

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    Re: Can someone be in a bad state?

    Yes.

    He's in a terrible state.
    He's in a real state.
    He's in a right state.
    He's in a bad state.
    He's in a really bad state.

    All of the above are ways of saying the same thing.

    Note that you don't have to use "of alcohol". If you say "He drinks a lot ..." people will know what you mean.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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