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Would you be kind enough to explain to me the usage of the prepositions “from” and “with” after the verb “suffer”?
suffer from or suffer with
In general usage the preferred preposition after suffer is from, rather than with, in constructions such as He suffered from hypertension. Ninety-four percent of the Usage Panel found suffered with unacceptable in the preceding example.
For instance a man who is over fifty and who smokes over twenty cigarettes a day is four times more likely to suffer from heart disease than a non-smoker of the same age.
Long-sighted children are often reluctant to do much reading and writing and may also suffer from headaches.
A number of independent research studies carried out in California, Massachusetts, Hawaii and London have shown that moderate drinkers have a lower mortality rate than total abstainers and are less likely to suffer from coronary disease.
London employers were suffering from a desperate shortage of school-leavers.
Some would suffer from the cold, others from the heat, and still others would become badly matted and tangled without their daily grooming.
She is suffering fromthe hot weather
But I think she was like me she didn't really want to get rid of her baby. But er he did the boy did suffer with a bit of stomach trouble in later life and she always blamed herself.
Mrs Bottomley do you suffer with these symptoms of the menopause?
Men do not suffer with cellulite even when obese.
Thank you for your efforts.
With seems a lot less common; I have attached a table from the Corpus of Contemporary American English with their figures and some examples. From the examples, if there is much of a difference, I think it's that with can be used when it isn't really suffering in the sense of pain, but more of embarrassment, etc.