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Cease vs. stop #1 (permalink) Thu Nov 24, 2005 14:08 pm   Cease vs. stop
 

Test No. errors/inter-4 "When you go to France...", question 7

Yes, we were driving our car through a forest and suddenly the engine ceased.

(a) were
(b) through
(c) suddenly
(d) ceased

Test No. errors/inter-4 "When you go to France...", answer 7

Yes, we were driving our car through a forest and suddenly the engine stopped.

Correct entry: stopped
The error was: (d) ceased
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In this case ceased cannot be used because it is a transitive verb and it need a complement.Is that right?
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Cease vs. stop #2 (permalink) Thu Nov 24, 2005 14:17 pm   Cease vs. stop
 

Hi again GUGA,

The two verbs cease and stop are similar in meaning but have different uses. The verb cease on its own refers to an abstract noun usually as in: The noise ceased.

Obviously with something like an engine, you would have to use a verb that doesn't have an abstract subject.

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help me please... #3 (permalink) Sun Aug 02, 2009 15:18 pm   help me please...
 

could you please explain to me if this sentence is correct from your above post?

'Yes, we were driving our car through a forest'

why I can't use this sentence 'we were driving our car to a forest'? I am very confused. Thank you!
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