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befriended vs betrayed #1 (permalink) Fri Dec 04, 2009 17:50 pm   befriended vs betrayed
 

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #710 "Friends", question 8

Kevin ......... Sam when Sam really needed it. Sam was going through a difficult time, and really needed a friend to talk to about his problems.

(a) used
(b) befriended
(c) hurt
(d) betrayed

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #710 "Friends", answer 8

Kevin befriended Sam when Sam really needed it. Sam was going through a difficult time, and really needed a friend to talk to about his problems.

Correct answer: (b) befriended
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I thought that Kevin betrayed Sam,when he needed a friend to talk about his problems,so I chose 'betrayed'.which is incorrect.Why is this so?
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befriended vs betrayed #2 (permalink) Fri Dec 04, 2009 22:01 pm   befriended vs betrayed
 

Hi Luby,

do you really think that anybody needs to be betrayed (cheated)? Particularly when the needy person anyway doesnīt feel very comfortable? Obviously such person had rather a good friend beside, donīt you think so?

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befriended vs betrayed #3 (permalink) Sat Dec 05, 2009 4:45 am   befriended vs betrayed
 

I agree.
Because the sentence is "when Sam needed it." Sam doesn't need betrayal. He needs friendship. That's why it should be "befriended."
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