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    #1

    arise vs befall

    In the following sentence, which is the better choice? Thank you.

    When difficulty (A. arises B. befalls), it helps.

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    Re: arise vs befall

    Befalls is a transitive verb. Evil befalls someone. Therefore arises is the only possible choice. But even then your sentence does not make a lot of sense.

    "When difficulty arises it helps." How, who, when or what does it help?

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    Re: arise vs befall

    i'm no expert but befalls sounds much cooler :)

    i'm actually starting English lessons next week. I'm really excited to find out what's right and what's wrong. From what I've heard, many people in the world speak English very wrong. It's my dream to learn how to speak proper English and master at least one accent.

    HYPED :D

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    Re: arise vs befall

    Quote Originally Posted by ivaylo11 View Post
    I'm no expert but "befalls" sounds much cooler​. :)

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    'm actually starting English lessons next week. I'm really excited to find out what's right and what's wrong. From what I've heard, many people in the world speak English very wrong badly. It's my dream to learn how to speak proper English and master at least one accent.

    HYPED I'm hyped. :D
    Welcome to the forum, ivaylo11.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "cooler". Generally, we don't speak English (here) to sound cool!

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    Re: arise vs befall

    "Cool" is an often used as a slang to mean stylish but I thought the comparative form is "more cool", not "cooler".
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: arise vs befall

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    "Cool" is an often used as a slang to mean stylish but I thought the comparative form is "more cool", not "cooler".
    The usual comparative is cooler.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: arise vs befall

    Quote Originally Posted by ivaylo11 View Post
    I'm no expert but befalls sounds much cooler . . . .

    HYPED :D
    "Befalls" makes no sense. Why is it cooler?
    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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