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pabloscotrim

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A teacher of English, a friend of mine, said that it's incorrect to elaborate a sentence like "She went through a temper". I know we don't hear this kind of phrase very often, but I guess it could be correct in some very specific contexts, since the context plays a major role in the pragmatic nature of the sentence.
I'd like you to analyze it and tell me what you think.
could you please elaborate a verbal situation where this sentence would be correct? Just for exemplification.
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Clare James

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I'm afraid the phrase just isn't colloquial usage. You could, theoretically speaking, use it in a poem, but that's because in a poem you can twist the norms of language to surprise the reader and reveal an unexpected meaning. Personally, I can't imagine using it in any context.

'She had a temper tantrum.', 'She was in a really bad mood.', 'She had been really grumpy.' are all nice enough alternatives.
 
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