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    I need a verb to complete this sentence

    I need a verb to complete this sentence


    Even when Eric did get sleep, it was...with nightmares of battlefield.

    I don't want to use interrupt. What other options do I have?

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    Re: I need a verb to complete this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    I need a verb to complete this sentence:


    Even when Eric did get some/a bit of/any/a few hours of sleep, it was...with nightmares of battlefields.

    I don't want to use interrupt. What other options do I have?
    bedeviled
    filled
    haunted
    plagued
    rife (not a verb)
    teeming
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    Re: I need a verb to complete this sentence

    Like I've said several times before, the best word to use depends on what you actually mean. Are you looking for another word that means 'interrupted'? If so, why do you need a different word?

    If you just want a word that means something like 'characterised by', then racked is a good collocation.
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    Re: I need a verb to complete this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    . . . If you just want a word that means something like 'characterised by', then racked is a good collocation.
    Good suggestion! Even after Googling it, I'm still fuzzy on the line between racked (tortured) and wracked (ruined).
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    Re: I need a verb to complete this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    I need a verb to complete this sentence

    Even when Eric did get sleep, it was...with nightmares of battlefield.
    "Fraught" also works. It rides the line between verb and adjective.
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