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Reply Fri 21 Aug, 2009 08:17 pm
The drugs did nothing to alleviate her pain/suffering.
Could I replace “relieve” with “alleviate” here?

Thank you
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 21 Aug, 2009 08:39 pm
@jinmin1988,
Yes.
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JTT
 
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Reply Sat 22 Aug, 2009 11:32 pm
@jinmin1988,
Quote:
The drugs did nothing to alleviate her pain/suffering.
Could I replace “relieve” with “alleviate” here?


I'm not sure if we're seeing some mother tongue interference here, Jinmin, but something sounds a bit funny with your question. It's late and I'm really knackered but 1. doesn't mean the same thing as 2. & 3.

1. Could I replace “relieve” with “alleviate” here?

2. Could I use “relieve” in place of “alleviate” here?

3. Could I use 'relieve' to replace 'alleviate?

'alleviate' is already there in the sentence. To say what you want to say, you have to flip 'relieve' & 'alleviate', ... I think.

1a. Could I replace “alleviate” with 'relieve' here?



jinmin1988
 
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Reply Sun 23 Aug, 2009 03:25 am
@JTT,
Hi,JTT.
I cannot understand what you say. Which is the best to ask this kind of question,2 or 3?
jinmin1988
 
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Reply Sun 23 Aug, 2009 03:25 am
@JTT,
Hi,JTT.
I cannot understand what you say. Which is the best to ask this kind of question,2 or 3?
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contrex
 
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Reply Sun 23 Aug, 2009 04:28 am
Quote:
The drugs did nothing to alleviate her pain/suffering.
Could I replace “relieve” with “alleviate” here?


You got the words reversed. You should have asked:

"Could I replace “alleviate” with “relieve” here?"

And the answer is "Yes".
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JTT
 
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Reply Sun 23 Aug, 2009 08:33 am
@jinmin1988,
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Hi,JTT.
I cannot understand what you say. Which is the best to ask this kind of question,2 or 3?


It's not a question of 'best' Jinmin, it's that the meanings are different. Can you understand that your initial sentence doesn't say what you want it to say?

Quote:
??1. Could I replace “relieve” with “alleviate” here? ??


says "Can/Could I take 'relieve' out of the sentence and put in 'alleviate' in its place?

1a. Could I replace “alleviate” with 'relieve' here?

Quote:
2. Could I use “relieve” in place of “alleviate” here?

3. Could I use 'relieve' to replace 'alleviate?


Examples 2 & 3 are other ways to say the same thing as 1a.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sun 23 Aug, 2009 10:16 am
I think JTT's trippin'.

If any of that makes sense to anybody, you must be communicating in some language other than English.
JTT
 
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Reply Sun 23 Aug, 2009 10:33 am
@Merry Andrew,
You've shown that most of these language issues are way over your head, Merry, so you best leave them to others. Your days of misleading students on language issues are, thankfully, mercifully, pretty much over.
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