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    #1

    are a real trial?

    Mary and Clare are a real trial to their parents.

    Is this sentence correct and natural?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: are a real trial?

    Yes, it means that they give their parents much trouble. (Somebody might disagree about whether the sentence is natural, but I think most would understand it.)


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    #3

    Re: are a real trial?

    Why can they disagree? Is it because the idiom is dated?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #4

    Re: are a real trial?

    I would use "for" her parents.

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    Re: are a real trial?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Why can they disagree? Is it because the idiom is dated?
    I meant that they might disagree with me. And, yes, it would, I think, be because the idiom is dated.


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