WOTW: struggle

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - struggle

 

今週の #WOTW は 'struggle’ です。’Struggle’ is a verb first and a noun. Both have similar means. Let’s dig in and find out.

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First the verb. The main meaning of ‘struggle’ is make a violent or forceful effort to be free of restraint:

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- The prisoner struggled to break free.

- He was struggling to get free, but the guard was too strong.

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Related to that, is the idea of a fight or conflict:

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- Shops on the high street have to struggle against competition from the shopping malls.

- The policitcians struggled for days over holding the Olympics.

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Again similar to that is the meaning to achieve something difficult.

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- During COVID, many low income families struggle to make ends meet.

- They struggled not to laugh during the meeting.

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A useful phrase then is, ‘struggle with’ - which means doing something difficult.

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- He struggled with her heavy luggage./p>

- Many learners struggle with learning English vocbulary.

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The noun of ‘struggle’ has all the same meanings as the verbs above:

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- There were signs of a struggle and blood on the floor. (violent effort to get free; a fight)

- There was a power struggle for leadership of the party. (a conflict)

- After a long struggle, she finally passed her exams. (an effort to do something hard)

- It was a struggle to carry her heavy luggage. (a difficult task)

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発音は/ˈstrʌɡ(ə)l/です.

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