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    #1

    I never needed you to be strong

    Hello!
    Can you explain the phrase:
    "I never needed you to be strong"

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    Re: I never needed you to be strong

    Hi,
    I'm not an expert but here is my opinion
    The sentence is in the past form so the speaker means he hasn't needed you to be strong before (either in the past or future)


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    Re: I never needed you to be strong

    Can you explain the phrase:
    "I never needed you to be strong"
    A little context is always helpful, but I have a pretty good idea what this probably means.

    If you need someone to be strong, the most likely meaning is that you need them to be emotionally strong; you need them to be able to deal with a difficult situation, often because you yourself are struggling and having difficulty coping with that same situation and need to depend on them for emotional support.

    For example, let's say a married couple experiences the death of their child. Obviously, that's one of the most devastating things any couple could ever go through. Let's say the mother is an emotional wreck and is languishing in the depths of despair, barely able to muster the will to drag herself out of bed each morning. She is hanging by a thread emotionally and can barely function. She needs her husband to be strong. She needs a strong shoulder to lean on and support her emotionally, or she may simply crumble.

    So, if someone says I never needed you to be strong, the suggestion is that the speaker was well able to deal with things on their own and didn't need the other person to support them emotionally to a great degree; they had their own reserve of emotional strength to draw on.

    Hope this is helpful.

    Greg

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