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    recover from

    I would like to find out if the following sentence is grammatically correct. "Last winter Victor got such a serious infection that it took him two months to recover from illness."
    Somebody told me that the sentence is correct only when 'the' or 'his' precede 'illness', so you get '...to recover from his illness' or '...to recover from the illness'. Is it really so?

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    Re: recover from

    I am not a teacher.

    Yes, it really is so. You can't say '…recover from illness.'

    You could say, 'Last winter Victor got such a serious infection that it took him two months to recover from it.'

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    Re: recover from

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    Quote Originally Posted by KamilaAnna View Post
    Somebody told me that the sentence is correct only when 'the' or 'his' precede 'illness', so you get '...to recover from his illness' or '...to recover from the illness'. Is it really so?
    As far as I know, this verb and preposition can be used without any article.

    Recover from illness/shock/injuries/bullying//giving birth/...etc.

    You can add an article for specification when referring to a specific illness or process.


    (Sorry Roman55, I was writing while you posted your reply.)
    José Manuel Rosón Bravo

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    Re: recover from

    You don't need anything after "recover".

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