Native English speakers, could you please help me with these issues?
1. Does this sentence make sense:
"You need emotional strength to handle the CONTRARITIES of life."
2. Even if it does, what other words would you use instead of 'contrarities' (to convey the same meaning)?
- CogitoLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
No, the word 'contrarities' isn't used. It probably exists, but I've never heard anyone say it, and it sounds awkward.
You could say 'complexities' or, more commonly and more simply, 'the ups and downs of life'.
- Anonymous1 month ago
"You need emotional strength to handle the VICISSITUDES of life."
- tentofieldLv 71 month ago
My SOED has "contrarieties" but not "contrarities". My Collins supports that. It is not, however, a word that is commonly used.
My thesaurus has contrariety and offers contrast, foil, antithesis, oppositeness, counterpole, contradiction, antagonism and counteraction as possible synonyms.
- BobLv 41 month ago
No, it sounds odd to a native speaker. Although contrarities is a word, it's not at all common.
Instead, I would say:
"You need emotional strength to handle the vagaries of life."