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    The word "identity"

    I am trying to write a sentence that would sound natural in English, but I am not sure if it is correct. Please could you correct it so that it sound correct.

    1. Peter's whole identity was tied up with his engineer's career. When he lost his job he became depressive.

    I am also wondering if instead of "tied up" I could use the word "link" and write:

    2. Peter's whole identity was linked with his engineer's career.

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    Re: The word "identity"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I am trying to write a sentence that would sound natural in English, but I am not sure if it is correct. Please could you correct it so that it sound correct.

    1. Peter's whole identity was tied up with his engineer's career. When he lost his job he became depressive.

    I am also wondering if instead of "tied up" I could use the word "link" and write:

    2. Peter's whole identity was linked with his engineer's career.
    Both "tied up" and "linked" are fine, but I suggest that you replace "his engineer's career" with "his engineering career", or "his career as an engineer".
    You could also phrase it as "Peter's whole identity was based on his career as an engineer", or "..identity revolved around his..", or "...identity was centred on...", or "..identity was derived from his...", or even "...identity was inextricably linked with..".
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: The word "identity"

    He became depressed. (American version.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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