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    in a way he’ll suffer from all his life

    He has been unlucky to have lost your friendship in a way he’ll suffer from all his life.

    (from a test paper)

    In this sentence, I wonder what is the object of the phrasal verb “suffer from”. Is it “all his life”?
    Unfortunately, I am unable to use the "Thanks" and "Like" buttons. I appreciate all of your help.

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    #2

    Re: in a way he’ll suffer from all his life

    He has been unlucky to have lost your friendship in a way he’ll suffer from all his life.
    The underlined part doesn't look right. How about "in a way he is to suffer all his life"?
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #3

    Re: in a way he’ll suffer from all his life

    Quote Originally Posted by diamondcutter View Post
    (from a test paper)
    What was the question about the sentence? Who set the test?

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    #4

    Re: in a way he’ll suffer from all his life

    He has been unlucky to have lost your friendship in a way he’ll suffer from all his life.
    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    The underlined part doesn't look right.
    It's fine.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: in a way he’ll suffer from all his life

    Thanks, Rover.

    The question is to put the sentence into Chinese. I don’t know who set it. It’s just one question from a paper.

    In order to put it into Chinese, I have to understand it clearly.

    I’ll have a try. I think the original sentence means this.

    He has been unlucky that he has lost your friendship.
    He’ll suffer from the loss all his life.

    I wonder if my understanding is correct, and I don’t understand the relationship between “the way” and “suffer from”.

    Would you please paraphrase it for me?
    Unfortunately, I am unable to use the "Thanks" and "Like" buttons. I appreciate all of your help.

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    #6

    Re: in a way he’ll suffer from all his life

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    It's fine.
    What does "suffer from all his life" mean?

    One suffers from a problem. How can one suffer from his life?

    Or does it mean "suffer (through/in) his whole life"?
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: in a way he’ll suffer from all his life

    It's quite a standard phrase Tedmc, and I'm rather surprised you don't know it given your excellent knowledge of English. For example:

    She's been a chocoholic all her life.
    I've wanted to taste beluga caviar all my life.
    All his life, Frank was devoted to music.

    "All one's life" means throughout the entire duration of a person's life.

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    Re: in a way he’ll suffer from all his life

    Where does the "from" come in?
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #9

    Re: in a way he’ll suffer from all his life

    Quote Originally Posted by diamondcutter View Post
    I’ll have a try. I think the original sentence means this.

    He has been unlucky that he has lost your friendship.
    He’ll suffer from the loss all his life.
    That's exactly right.

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    Re: in a way he’ll suffer from all his life

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Where does the "from" come in?
    It's "the way" the friendship was lost that's important. It's alluded to even though it's not clearly stated what that "way" was. The effects of the way the friendship ended are what the person will suffer from for the rest of their life.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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