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defining vs describing #1 (permalink) Wed Mar 11, 2009 17:58 pm   defining vs describing
 

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #72 "At the End of the Day (1)", question 4

And so it's not surprising the many ways we have of ......... it.

(a) describing
(b) defining
(c) delineating
(d) developing

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #72 "At the End of the Day (1)", answer 4

And so it's not surprising the many ways we have of describing it.

Correct answer: (a) describing
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defining vs describing #2 (permalink) Wed Mar 11, 2009 18:05 pm   defining vs describing
 

The sentence structure is incorrect, and the word defining would be more fitting. IMO.
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defining vs describing #3 (permalink) Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:41 am   defining vs describing
 

Hi all teachers,

What do you think about the remark of Kitosdad? I can't catch the difference between their statement and the correct answer, to my regret. What is the influence of the incorrect structure of a sentence on the correct word?

Please, tell me and other students.

I would be grateful,
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defining vs describing #4 (permalink) Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:20 am   defining vs describing
 

The test is intended to show the different words/expressions we use for sleep. That is why 'describe' is the right word. 'Define' is not relevant in this context because that is too precise in meaning. We are not defining sleep, we are describing it. There is nothing wrong with the sentence structure.

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