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    #1

    can it be conjoined?

    Dear teachers,

    Can word 'spent' be conjoined with word 'recalling'? What does the meeting of the words mean?

    Much of her life had, perforce, to be spent recalling past pleasures.

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    Olga

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    #2

    Re: can it be conjoined?

    It's fine to me. In your example, it suggests a sadness or waste to me.


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    #3

    Re: can it be conjoined?

    Much of her life had, perforce, to be spent recalling past pleasures

    To be spent = used up/passed - Her time was spent in recalling > Her time was passed in recalling

    Extrapolating from this sentence, "she" for some reason is not mobile, so she has had to recall [remember/bring back to mind] past pleasures as she is no longer able to experience new ones.

    ps - sorry, Tdol - we must have posted at the same second.

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