I referred to many dictionaries and found that the verb suffer is not followed by the preposition with

I have found the following sentences.

1. I suffered from fever.

2. One has to suffer for one's sins.

3. You have to suffer in the end.

But I found a website which says suffer can be followed by the preposition with.

  1. I suffered with my wife due to some financial problems.

  2. I suffer with gout.

Are the sentences grammatically correct and acceptable to native speakers?

I herewith attach the link for your kind perusal.

  • Suffered with my wife is a lot different in meaning to Suffered my wife
    – Smock
    Sep 17, 2019 at 11:02
  • @smoke.I think it means I suffered along with my wife Sep 17, 2019 at 11:04
  • Exactly, which is why the with is very important in the sentence - you asked about the use of with. Without with it means something else entirely.
    – Smock
    Sep 17, 2019 at 11:06
  • @smoke.What is your opinion about my question being downvoted.Is there not a point in my asking? Sep 17, 2019 at 11:12
  • I couldn't say, I don't know why it was downvoted. I don't see anything wrong with it, but I'm a relative newbie here at ELL
    – Smock
    Sep 17, 2019 at 11:13

1 Answer 1


IMO, the use of suffer with fits in the context when you want to add someone with you.

An example there is -

“Heidi suffered with her grandpa when they ran low on food and firewood during the cold winter months.”

To understand it better...think like this

“Heidi suffered (with her grandpa) when (they) ran low on food and firewood during the cold winter months.”

But still, I'd prefer an alternate way to tell the same ...

My wife and I suffered from financial crises.

To answer, native speakers may not find it idiomatic.

  • the "i suffer with gout" is good though
    – WendyG
    Sep 17, 2019 at 10:14
  • @WendyG.I would like to know whether the sentences are acceptable to native speakers.But I do not know why it was downvoted? Sep 17, 2019 at 15:47

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