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    'I've been tolerating this situation for years!' (?)

    Hi there,

    Is this structure correct? (suggesting how tough the situation is?)

    Or it should only be, 'I've tolerated...'?


    Thanks!

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    Re: 'I've been tolerating this situation for years!' (?)

    HI,

    IMO, the continuous does indicate that the situation has been long and unpleasant.

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    Re: 'I've been tolerating this situation for years!' (?)

    But the collocation tolerate/situation, though a perfectly good one, is rather formal. Something like 'I've been putting up with this for ages' would sound more familaiar.

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    Re: 'I've been tolerating this situation for years!' (?)

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    But the collocation tolerate/situation, though a perfectly good one, is rather formal. Something like 'I've been putting up with this for ages' would sound more familaiar.

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    Not that the OP mentioned whether they were after a formal or informal way to say it, by the way.

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    Re: 'I've been tolerating this situation for years!' (?)

    Thanks to you both for the replies. And, dear BobK, I appreciate your consideration!

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    Re: 'I've been tolerating this situation for years!' (?)

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Not that the OP mentioned whether they were after a formal or informal way to say it, by the way.

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    I noticed that many of my Spanish students used to prefer latinate words like 'tolerate' and 'situation', which have Castilian cognates (tolerar and situación in this case). So I feared your (unstated ) approval might be biased!

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    PS(This tendency was one I exploited when I was learning Spanish. I used words like crematística before words like dinero; come to think of it, that's a rotten example - one word's root is Greek χρηματα and the other's is the Latin denarius - but what I mean is that my knowledge of classical languages made it easier for me to use long words rather than short ones.)
    Last edited by BobK; 22-Apr-2013 at 13:08. Reason: PS Added

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    Re: 'I've been tolerating this situation for years!' (?)

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I noticed that many of my Spanish students used to prefer latinate words like 'tolerate' and 'situation', which have Castilian cognates (tolerar and situación in this case). So I feared your (unstated ) approval might be biased!
    I hope not. Not intentionally, at least!

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