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As Granny Peach says, the freezing frost of winter, the blasting thunder of spring, and the scorching sun of summer are all needed for peach trees to produce the best peaches. Likewise, trying moments of/in life are needed for each one of us to enjoy happiness.

I wonder if "trying moments of life" and "trying moments in life" both work in the above context. If yes, are there subtle differences? Thanks.

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Both work. I'd have used "in". "moments of life" is a bit more static and abstract. "moments in life" is a bit more dynamic and involving.

CJ
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CalifJimBoth work. I'd have used "in". "moments of life" is a bit more static and abstract. "moments in life" is a bit more dynamic and involving.

CJ

Thanks, Jim.

But could you explain in a few words as for why "trying moments of life" is a bit more static and abstract? I couldn't sense it!
of is a simple associative relationship here. The particular kind of association is not specified.

moments that are associated with life

in suggests containment within a process. It suggests involvement within the process.

moments that are encountered in the process of living life

It may take more reading to develop the necessary amount of familiarity with such expressions before you begin to "sense" the small differences.

CJ
Thanks, Jim.
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