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cut vs. reduce vs. snip vs. curtail #1 (permalink) Sat Apr 11, 2009 22:25 pm   cut vs. reduce vs. snip vs. curtail
 

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #55 "Hear my Story", question 6

To ......... a long story short, I'll come straight to the point and tell you exactly what happened.

(a) cut
(b) reduce
(c) snip
(d) curtail

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #55 "Hear my Story", answer 6

To cut a long story short, I'll come straight to the point and tell you exactly what happened.

Correct answer: (a) cut
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what's different between these verbs?

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cut vs. reduce vs. snip vs. curtail #2 (permalink) Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:36 am   cut vs. reduce vs. snip vs. curtail
 

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The - DICTIONARY will give you the definitions, with examples, of all these verbs, but the point here is that 'to cut a long story/tale short' is a fixed expression, so only 'cut' will serve.
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cut vs. reduce vs. snip vs. curtail #3 (permalink) Tue Dec 21, 2010 18:53 pm   cut vs. reduce vs. snip vs. curtail
 

Why not the word reduce? it is not the same expression??
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cut vs. reduce vs. snip vs. curtail #4 (permalink) Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:21 am   cut vs. reduce vs. snip vs. curtail
 

I think I just explained that 'cut...short' is a fixed expression, but in any case, 'reduce...short' does not work grammatically. 'Reduce' cannot take a verb complement like that adjective.
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