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  1. vectra's Avatar
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    beg for alms or solicit for alms

    Hello,

    Here is a sentence from a project turned in by one of my students:

    'Furthermore, once Augustus had a dream (the content of which is unknown to us) that scared him out of his wits and caused him to start begging for alms on a certain day every year.'

    Is it OK to leave the sentence as it is or should 'begging for alms' be changed to 'soliciting for alms' or 'panhandling'?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: beg for alms or solicit for alms

    Do not change it. Your student chose the best collocation.
    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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    Re: beg for alms or solicit for alms

    It's better as it is.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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