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    A suicide

    In the name of the Merciful Allah,
    Hi, please read the following question : " How did he kill himself a victim of deep personal despair?". What I got from the rest of article that the question is about a man who suicide himself.
    The problem is about the latter half of the question:" a victim of ........". For some reason I can't see a coordination between this half and the first one. Frankly, without its article I couldn't know about the suicide.
    So, please explain how this question could be in this form. I wish I spelled out my point. And thanks.

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    Re: A suicide

    Question: How did he kill himself?
    Answer: He committed suicide.

    Does that help?

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    Correction
    a man who suicided himself
    a man who committed suicide
    a man who killed himself

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    Re: A suicide

    Quote Originally Posted by the arrow of egypt View Post
    " How did he kill himself a victim of deep personal despair?"
    Hi,

    Might there be a comma missing?

    "How did he kill himself, a victim of deep personal despair?"

    If that's the case than the phrase "a victim of..." is an apposition: it means that "himself = a victim of deep personal despair":

    How did he kill himself (= a victim of deep personal despair)?

    It's similar to:

    He met John, his best friend.

    He likes to drink milk, a dairy product.

    ***

    Without the comma, I don't understand the sentence either.


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    Re: A suicide

    Hi ,Dawnstorm,I'd like to thank you for your reply. You were totally right .
    I checked the question and I found it as following: "Why did he kill himself _
    a victim of deep personal despair?".
    Sorry every body, I wasn't accurate enough.

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