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    As a recruit, Bob had a difficult time

    Would you please correct the mistakes in the following sentences?

    As a recruit, Bob had a difficult time. His exhaustion was compounded by a bully captain, who picked on him whenever he got an opportunity.

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    Re: As a recruit, Bob had a difficult time

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    As a recruit, Bob had a difficult time. His exhaustion was compounded by a bully of a captain, who picked on him whenever he got an the opportunity.
    I would use "got the chance" in the above.

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    Re: As a recruit, Bob had a difficult time

    Find a way to use bully as a noun. As an adjective, it was a favorite of President Theodore Roosevelt; the adjective endures in the fixed phrase "the bully pulpit" but means something entirely different.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 07-Mar-2017 at 00:03. Reason: [Cross-posted with Teechar.]
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    Re: As a recruit, Bob had a difficult time

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Find a way to use bully as a noun. As an adjective, it was a favorite of President Theodore Roosevelt; the adjective endures in the fixed phrase "the bully pulpit" but means something entirely different.
    I forgot to finish my thought. The adjective bully hasn't been part of everyday English for nearly a hundred years. It's one of the many slangy words that have come and gone, all meaning "really good". Cool has unusual endurance and looks likely to remain part of the language indefinitely.
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