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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    Old age

    This tale depicts the suffering of old age of a
    rich merchant

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    #2

    Re: Old age

    You'll have to say 'suffering from old age', and maybe change your word order a bit.

    "This tale depicts a rich merchant suffering from old age."
    "This tale depicts the suffering of a rich merchant from old age."
    "This tale depicts the suffering from old age of a rich merchant."

    I probably prefer the first option.

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    #3

    Re: Old age

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    You'll have to say 'suffering from old age'
    Old age is not a disease!

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    "This tale depicts a rich merchant suffering from in old age."

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    #4

    Re: Old age

    Teechar, you're doing that thing again where you equate your opinion with some kind of standard.

    First of all, I'm trying to offer ways to stay as close to the OP's original sentence as we can. If you want to offer editorial choices, then please post them as such, not as corrections of my perfectly acceptable and correct English. It gives others the impression something is wrong when it's not.

    Second of all, pathologically classified as a disease or not, you can still suffer FROM the effects of old age. Apparently you've never listened to any elderly person complain about being old.

    Thirdly, if you can die from it, then it's fine to consider it a disease.

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    #5

    Re: Old age

    Is it possible that people suffer from something that is not a disease, e.g. poverty?

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    #6

    Re: Old age

    Yes, Matthew it is. Poverty, oppression, discrimination, malnutrition - they can all be suffered 'from'.

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