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    #1

    They broke the mould!

    Earlier in life, as a young man I was trodden with many a personal problems. Some of which, rooted back to my troubled childhood. Even though, the list was arduously long, the ones causing the worst setbacks were the lack of self-confidence and self-inflicted phobias.

    Any errors ?

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    #2

    Re: They broke the mould!

    I am not a teacher.

    Yes, there are several, not least of which is the meaningless thread title.

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    #3

    Re: They broke the mould!

    I'll start:

    I was trodden with many a personal problems
    I has/was affected by/was burdened with many personal problems

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    #4

    Re: They broke the mould!

    "Earlier in life, as a young man" = redundant Is there any way you could be a young man late in life? Is there any way you could be an old man early in life? Of course not.


    You should do some research on the use of commas. You have too many.

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    #5

    Re: They broke the mould!

    Earlier in life I was trodden with many a personal problem, some of which were deeply rooted in my troubled childhood. The ones causing the worst setbacks were the lack of self-confidence and self-inflicted phobias.

    Earlier in life I was trodden with many a personal problem, some of which were deeply rooted to my troubled childhood. The ones causing the worst setbacks were the lack of self-confidence and self-inflicted phobias.

    Which one sounds better?
    Last edited by kuben123; 21-Nov-2015 at 21:28.

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    #6

    Re: They broke the mould!

    Read post #3 again. Tdol already changed "I was trodden with ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: They broke the mould!

    It was also corrected on the same day in this thread: http://forum.thefreedictionary.com/p...he-mould-.aspx

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    #8

    Re: They broke the mould!

    Earlier in life I was plagued by many a personal problem, some of which were deeply rooted in my troubled childhood. The ones causing the worst setbacks were the lack of self-confidence and self-inflicted phobias.

    Better?

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    #9

    Re: They broke the mould!

    Better.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: They broke the mould!

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Better.
    ... partly because ‘trodden with‘ just doesn‘t exist. (There is an informal idiom - ‘trodden on‘. But this refer to a particular idea; for example ‘My proposal was trodden on.‘)

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