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  1. Newbie
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    Post Come/Be Up Against

    If I have these two sentences:

    1. "He was up against a lot of problems."
    2. "He came up against a lot of problems."

    Does the first sentence emphasize the situation of him having to deal with problems, and the second sentence emphasize the process of going into the said situation?

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    Re: Come/Be Up Against

    Yes, I think you are right. To be up against is more likely to indicate an ongoing condition, while come up against is more likely to indicate a singular event.

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