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Hi there,

Could you please check for me if I am correct in this "scale of severity"?"

Endure" is more stronger in meaning, whereas "bear, stand and tolerate "are more soft, they are about equal.


Examples,

Can you endure a toothache? A toothache is unendurable to me.

I had to endure a few hours waiting before I could see the dentist.

Can you bear / stand the summer heat? Summer heat is bearable for me, as I grew up in the tropic.

I can tolerate this, no a big deal.


Thanks in advance

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From strongest to weakest I'd say

endure, bear, tolerate, stand

John Aki

Can you endure a toothache? A toothache is unendurable to me. These are a little extreme. I'd use the idiom 'put up with'.

Can you put up with a toothache? I won't put up with a toothache.

Or 'live with'

Can you live with a toothache? I can't live with a toothache.

Possibly 'handle'

Can you handle having a toothache? I can't handle having a toothache.

I had to endure a few hours waiting before I could see the dentist. The grammar is OK, but we wouldn't use 'endure' for waiting. We'd just say I had to wait a few hours ....

Can you bear / stand the summer heat? Summer heat is bearable (or tolerable) for me, as I grew up in the tropics. OK as shown.

I can tolerate this. It's not a big deal. OK as shown.

CJ

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Thanks Mr CJ,

I love your opinions, since that you have mentioned "live with and put up with" I do wonder that are their places of the severity? I hazard a guess, they are weakest?


Quoted from you, "from strongest to weakest I'd say"

"endure, bear, tolerate, stand"


Thanks in advance

John

John Akihazard a guess

Good use of an idiom. Emotion: smile

John Aki"live with and put up with" ... they are weakest?

Yes. They are also more commonly heard in real, everyday conversations than the others.

CJ

Thanks Sir.

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