Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. angliholic's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Feb 2007
    • Posts: 2,988
    #1

    Smile My grandparents are so weak from/with/over grief they can barely walk.

    My grandparents are so weak from/with/over grief they can barely walk.



    Do all of the bolded words fit in the above and mean about the same? If not, why not? Thanks.

  2. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #2

    Re: My grandparents are so weak from/with/over grief they can barely walk.

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    My grandparents are so weak from/with/over grief they can barely walk.



    Do all of the bolded words fit in the above and mean about the same? If not, why not? Thanks.
    'With' is the only one that sounds right(ish) to me; the other two suggest a physical or emotion-provoking impact:

    My grandparents are so weak from the hard winter that....

    My grandparents are so upset over the death of their grandson that....
    [Note - the death causes grief; 'over grief' doesn't work here.]

    But even with sounds a bit odd; it suggests to me that grief is the main effect - compare 'sprinkled with snow', 'covered with cherry-blossom', 'smitten with love'.... I'd prefer something like 'My grandparents are so weakened by grief...'.

    b

  3. angliholic's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Feb 2007
    • Posts: 2,988
    #3

    Smile Re: My grandparents are so weak from/with/over grief they can barely walk.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    'With' is the only one that sounds right(ish) to me; the other two suggest a physical or emotion-provoking impact:

    My grandparents are so weak from the hard winter that.... Does this suggest a physical impact?

    My grandparents are so upset over the death of their grandson that.... Does this suggest an emotion-proviking impact?
    [Note - the death causes grief; 'over grief' doesn't work here.]

    But even with sounds a bit odd; it suggests to me that grief is the main effect - compare 'sprinkled with snow', 'covered with cherry-blossom', 'smitten with love'.... I'd prefer something like 'My grandparents are so weakened by grief...'.

    b
    Thanks, Bobk.
    By the way, is it correct to interpret the base sentence--My grandparents are so weak with grief they can barely walk--as the following?

    My grandparents are so weak because of grief that they can hardly walk?

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •