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Dear Ted:

What about "Running on the treadmill for more than 30 CONSECUTIVE minutes leaves me breathless - out of breath"?

By the way, should I use "breathless" or "out of breath" in the above sentence?

Again, many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:


What about "Running on the treadmill for more than 30 CONSECUTIVE minutes leaves
me breathless - out of breath"?

By the way, should I use "breathless" or "out of breath" in the above sentence?

*** YES!  And, either the single word or the prepositional phrase is fitting.  The popular theory in both writing and rhetoric is "Why use multiple words when ONE will suffice?"  I would choose "breathless."

Ted

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