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Is it acceptable to say "John's is a world of misery" instead of for example, "John's world is one of misery", or "John's world is miserable?"

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Yes, it is perfectly correct. It has a literary sound -- you would be unlikely to hear it in ordinary conversation.

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  • Really? I had not noticed that.
    – WS2
    Oct 9 '15 at 22:53
  • @WS2 - I'd be interested to hear a more everyday version. Even talking about a world of misery is not exactly common in my experience. Oct 9 '15 at 22:58
  • Yeah, I would find it unusual in ordinary conversation, but have known people who might use the idiom.
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 9 '15 at 23:08
  • John's world of misery was made up by me solely for this question. I originally read this type of phrase in a review of British circuit comedian Jethro's 'Beast of Bodmin Moor' video. The review said, "Jethro's is a world of slappers and travelling door-to-door salesmen."
    – EmmaV
    Oct 10 '15 at 0:37
  • @chaslyfromUK How about Jane's is bound to be a more practical idea than Susie's.
    – WS2
    Oct 10 '15 at 7:07

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