Which is correct; "in" poverty or "of" poverty?
The children have survived 10 years of poverty.
The children have survived 10 years in poverty.
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of poverty sounds more correct here. The condition of which they survived is poverty. You would use in if there was an extra verb, such as living in poverty.
Both sentences are correct, and have approximately the same meaning.
However, their structures are different. In the first sentence, "of poverty" is a adjectival phrase that modifies the noun "years". In the second sentence, "in poverty" is an adverbial phrase that modifies the verb "have survived".
It depends on the intention.
Here the danger or the threat comes from the poverty itself. So although being poor (and with little to eat etc.) they survived.
Here it just says the children survived 10 years (of whatever) while they were poor. The danger or what they survived is not named. Just the state they were in through these years.
A good example to show the difference might be:
He might have died years later due to another circumstance but still in grief after he lost his wive.
He died because of the grief his wife's loss caused.
Both the statements are correct but the meaning drawn out is different according to the prepositions used here.As in the first statement
"The children have survived 10 years **of** poverty"
Here of is a point of reference; pointing out the reason or cause of sufferings.
In the second statement
"The children have survived 10 years **in** poverty"
Here in is a condition or a situation in which they were. The reason of sufferings may be anything but the condition in which they suffered was poverty.
In this particular instance I'd say that it's "living in poverty" and "years of poverty". "Poverty" is a noun, a state of being. "To be in poverty" would be better described with the word "impoverished".