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Hi,

Could you check these sentences for me, pls?


Can this flimsy chair sustain / withstand my weight? (Which word is correct or better in here?)

Do you think if this bridge could sustain / withstand the earthquake? (Which word is correct or better in here?)

My mum compelled me to study harder.

I feel compelled due to my mum's pressure. (Can this be correct?)

I believed that / it broke / it had broken / it was broken. (All correct, past simple and adjective)


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John Aki

Hi,

Could you check these sentences for me, pls?


Can this flimsy chair support my weight?

Do you think if this bridge could sustain / withstand a (7.0) earthquake? "the" is a definite article which is not the case here.

My mum compelled encouraged me to study harder. You may use "pushed" but it has a negative connotation.

I feel compelled due to my mum's pressure. (Can this be correct?). Grammatically correct, but samentically incomplete by itself as it stands. Compell is not the right choice of word.I feel obligated by my mom's expectation for me to finished my college.

I believed that / it broke / it had broken / it was broken. (All correct, past simple and adjective)

A word of advice. When you compose a sentence, you should learn to create a tangible context that makes common sense. Based on your sentence, nothing makes samentic sense.

I believe it was broken before I got here. ok

I believe it broke from falling off the shelf. ok

I believe John had broken his brother, Stan's bike but didn't tell him until Stan found out.

John AkiCan this flimsy chair sustain / withstand my weight? (Which word is correct or better in here?)

Both words are possible but not likely. I would expect "take" or "hold".

John AkiDo you think if this bridge could sustain / withstand the earthquake? (Which word is correct or better in here?)

"Withstand". You don't see "sustain" in this meaning very often, and it has to be in a setting that makes it clear that's what you mean. Delete "if".

John AkiMy mum compelled me to study harder.I feel compelled due to my mum's pressure. (Can this be correct?)

You feel compelled by her pressure. "Due to" does not work there.

John AkiI believed that / it broke / it had broken / it was broken. (All correct, past simple and adjective)

Sure, but they mean different things, of course.

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