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Hi everyone,

Can you help me to find out which words below are incorrect and please give the reason why those words are inccorect.

Thank you very much

1. (In the spirit) of the (naturalist) writers, that (author's) work portrays man's struggle for (surviving).

2. (Stephen Crane's story) is (a) clinical potrayal (of man as an animal) trapped by (the fear) and hunger.

3. Their silly, whiny conversation (on a child level) was meant (to create tension) and (heighten) (Nancy's fears) and anxiety.

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alberttanCan you help me to find out which words below are incorrect and please give the reason why those words are inccorect. incorrect?

1. (In the spirit) of the (naturalist) writers, that (author's) work portrays man's struggle for (surviving).

2. (Stephen Crane's story) is (a) clinical potrayal (of man as an animal) trapped by (the fear) and hunger.

3. Their silly, whiny conversation (on a child level) was meant (to create tension) and (heighten) (Nancy's fears) and anxiety.

All of those are mistakes of usage. While they are understandable, they are not the word choices a native speaker would make.

1. The expression is 'struggle for survival'.
2. 'trapped by fear and hunger'
3. 'on a child's level'
OR rephrased as Their silly, whiny, childish conversation was meant ....

As for the second one, abstract nouns, e.g., 'fear', seldom appear with an article.

CJ

Comments  

1. "the", before naturalist writers, is unnecessary.

2. "as an animal" comes off as unnecessary. Humans are animals and all animals can experience desperation when hungry.

3. "... conversation, like that of children, was meant..."

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 CalifJim's reply was promoted to an answer.
Their silly, whiny conversation (on a child level) was meant (to create tension) and (heighten) (Nancy's fears) and anxiety.