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    Smile the bare necessities

    What is the meaning of 'the bare necessities' in the following example?
    Why is 'the' added to 'bare necessities'?

    *He has seen others dear to him suffer to the bare necessities.*

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: the bare necessities

    the bare necessities = the minimum essentials to maintain life or a basic standard of living


    The sentence doesn't work- you suffer from things, not to, and then it still doesn't make much sense. It probably needs 'a lack of' or something similar in it.

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    Re: the bare necessities

    '... suffer to the bare necessities'? Is this English? The 'bare necessities' are the very least you can get by on. As a result of suffering, you might be reduced to living on the bare necessities. I suspect the user of the expression you quote does not speak English, and is trying to make an elision that doesn't work (although a similar elision may work in the speaker's native language).

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