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Kindly have a brief look whether my sentence is correct.
The athlete was given a hard/stiff punishment because he had taken drugs.
 

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Kindly have a brief look at my sentence and tell me whether [STRIKE]my sentence[/STRIKE] it is correct.

The athlete was given a [STRIKE]hard/[/STRIKE]stiff punishment because he had taken drugs.

See above. "Hard punishment" is not a standard collocation but "stiff punishment" is.
 
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