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    Suffer from

    Hi there,

    I am a bit confused about this word "suffer". I have always been using it with "from" after it, but there are plenty of examples that not all the time it is followed by "from".
    For example, I use it this way; I am suffering from a severe fever. Can I express it as "I am suffering a sever fever", if it is not followed by "from" sometimes?

    In addition, how can I usually distinguish that when needs "from" and when no need?

    Thanks.
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    Re: Suffer from

    Just use it with 'from' unless you mean it as a synonym for 'tolerate.' Example: I cannot suffer loud children.

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    Re: Suffer from

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Just use it with 'from' unless you mean it as a synonym for 'tolerate.' Example: I cannot suffer loud children.
    I don't agree.
    "suffer from" wouldn't really work in:
    - The currency suffered a setback after rallying for three weeks in a row.
    - Two police officers suffered minor injuries at the protest.
    - He suffered intense discomfort before eventually falling asleep.

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    Teechar, I appreciate your disagreement. By the way! as you've interfered, why don't you just answer my question, of course only if possible.

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    Re: Suffer from

    This is the same sense I intended to outline with tolerate; perhaps I should have listed undergo, receive and some more synonyms that also take the direct object.

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    Re: Suffer from

    Suffer is an ordinary verb and doesn't need from after it. It has two meanings. The primary meaning is "experience pain."

    When we follow it with from, we're describing the cause of the pain.

    "I am suffering terribly."
    "What are you suffering from?"
    "A toothache."

    Yes, you can say "I am suffering a severe fever." But be sure to spell severe correctly! Sever is a different word.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Teechar, I appreciate your disagreement. By the way! as you've interfered, why don't you just answer my question, of course only if possible.
    There is no need for rudeness, UM Chakma. If you did not intend it to be rude, be aware that using "interfered" and "why don't you just answer my question?" certainly come across that way.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Suffer from

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post

    For example, I use it this way; I am suffering from a severe fever. Can I express it as "I am suffering a severe fever", if it is not followed by "from" sometimes?
    In my opinion, "suffering a severe fever" is far less common than "suffering from a severe fever".

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    OMG! I didn't mean to be rude at all. How can I act such a way when someone is trying to help me? I am terribly sorry about that! And thanks all, specially Emsr2d2 for correcting me. I always appreciate those who point out my mistakes. I still remember how Emsr2d2 inspired me to use right punctuation. This is why Usingenglish is much worthier. We learn not only English but also can have our mistakes corrected. Anyway! Thanks all.

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    Re: Suffer from

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    OMG! I didn't mean to be rude at all. How can I act such a way when someone is trying to help me? I am terribly sorry about that!
    Probably a vocab question rather than anything else, but do check out what interrupt means.

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