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    Question This sounds tricky to me - your experience facing and overcoming adversity

    The complete sentence is "It's important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages."

    In my opinion, there is an reduced adjective clause for the noun "your experience". And if I view it in a full adjective clause, it becomes "your experience that faces and overcomes adversity".
    How can an experience face adversity? Doesn't the subject have to be a person? I think it means "Your experience that you face and overcome adversity is an advantage".
    But "your experience facing adversity" just doesn't seems grammatically correct to me.
    Please feel free to give comments.

    p.s. It's from Michelle Obama's Commencement Address at City College of New York. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDWM...c&spfreload=10
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 08-Jul-2017 at 21:11. Reason: Enlarged font to make post readable

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