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Proofreaders' Corner Vol. whatever

Posted: 30 Nov 2020, 09:08
by Neige
Question: Can you use the preposition "from" with "struggle"?

The following sentence sounds weird to my (non-native) ears.

Many low-income countries struggle from the inability to socially distance or work remotely.

What do you think?

Re: Proofreaders' Corner Vol. whatever

Posted: 30 Nov 2020, 09:12
by Jumper K
Neige wrote:Question: Can you use the preposition "from" with "struggle"?

The following sentence sounds weird to my (non-native) ears.

Many low-income countries struggle from the inability to socially distance or work remotely.

What do you think?

With scans better.

Re: Proofreaders' Corner Vol. whatever

Posted: 30 Nov 2020, 09:12
by Artgar
struggle WITH...

Re: Proofreaders' Corner Vol. whatever

Posted: 30 Nov 2020, 09:13
by Artgar
and you don't need 'inability', I'd say. Just 'struggle with working remotely' or something similar

Re: Proofreaders' Corner Vol. whatever

Posted: 30 Nov 2020, 09:46
by Charlie O.
I think it's slightly unclear either way. I would change "from" to "due to" or "because of".

Re: Proofreaders' Corner Vol. whatever

Posted: 30 Nov 2020, 10:10
by Rorschach
'from' is just wrong.

I think Charlie's 'due to' is best if you keep 'inability' in the sentence.
Solarskope's suggestion seems the more elegant to me.
I would consider: Many low-income countries struggle with social distancing and remote working.

Re: Proofreaders' Corner Vol. whatever

Posted: 30 Nov 2020, 10:15
by `
Charlie O. wrote:I think it's slightly unclear either way. I would change "from" to "due to" or "because of".



But that totally changes the meaning of the sentence as it strongly suggests these countries' struggles with social distancing and working from home are a major cause of their larger issues which they plainly aren't.

Struggle with is simplest and best

Re: Proofreaders' Corner Vol. whatever

Posted: 30 Nov 2020, 14:09
by Neige
Sam Stone wrote:
Charlie O. wrote:I think it's slightly unclear either way. I would change "from" to "due to" or "because of".



But that totally changes the meaning of the sentence as it strongly suggests these countries' struggles with social distancing and working from home are a major cause of their larger issues which they plainly aren't.

Struggle with is simplest and best


I think you're right, there.

I'm going for "with", which was my hunch anyway!

Thanks all, you've been very helpful!!

Re: Proofreaders' Corner Vol. whatever

Posted: 30 Nov 2020, 17:19
by Charlie O.
I think Rorschach's suggestion is the best.

Re: Proofreaders' Corner Vol. whatever

Posted: 30 Nov 2020, 18:13
by jimboo
For a lot of folks covid is a bummer.
Sorted.