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    suffer from/be suffering from

    It seems that even numbered declarative sentences are used less frequently (or sound awkward, for that matter) than odd numbered progressive sentences when the object of "suffer from" refers to short-term illnesses such as a cold or typhoid fever. Do you agree?

    1. He is suffering from a bad cold today.
    2. He suffers from a bad cold today.
    3. He was suffering from a bad cold last week.
    4. He suffered from a bad cold last week.
    5. He has been suffering from a bad cold for a week.
    6. He has suffered from a bad cold for a week.

    The use of "suffer from" in the following two sentences seems OK with chronic diseases.

    a. He is suffering from cancer/diabetes/AIDS. (progressive)
    b. He suffers from cancer/diabetes/AIDS. (declarative)

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    Re: suffer from/be suffering from

    Quote Originally Posted by inase View Post
    It seems that the even​-numbered declarative sentences are used less frequently (or sound awkward, for that matter) than odd numbered progressive sentences when the object of "suffer from" refers to short-term illnesses such as a cold or typhoid fever. Do you agree?

    1. He is suffering from a bad cold today.
    2. He suffers from a bad cold today.
    3. He was suffering from a bad cold last week.
    4. He suffered from a bad cold last week. Grammatically correct but not as natural as 3.
    5. He has been suffering from a bad cold for a week.
    6. He has suffered from a bad cold for a week.

    The use of "suffer from" in the following two sentences seems OK with chronic diseases.

    a. He is suffering from cancer/diabetes/AIDS. (progressive) but more natural to start with "He has".
    b. He suffers from cancer/diabetes/AIDS. (declarative) but more natural to start with "He has".

    Inase
    See above.

    Note that 1-6 would all be more natural if they started with "He has/He had".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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