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    Ripe for

    Hello,


    Does it sound natural to use ripe for in the way I describe in the examples below?


    "He has been drinking for ten years now. He is a human wreck. He is ripe for an addicts rehabilitation center."

    "Drug taking has devastated his mental stability; he is ripe for a madhouse."

    "This guy is said to beat his wife; he is ripe for some thrashing."


    Thank you very much.
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    Re: Ripe for

    No. It's not natural in those sentences.
    “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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    Re: Ripe for

    I don't like your third example. The other two work with the definition of "ripe" as "ready". Still, it is an uncommon usage.

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