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Why did we not use fog? #1 (permalink) Wed Dec 07, 2005 11:23 am   Why did we not use fog?
 

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ESL/EFL Test "Life on Mars?", question 9

Unfortunately the dust storms tend to ......... the view of the planet.

(a) fog
(b) obscure
(c) confuse
(d) darken

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test "Life on Mars?", answer 9

Unfortunately the dust storms tend to obscure the view of the planet.

Correct answer: (b) obscure

Your answer was: incorrect
Unfortunately the dust storms tend to fog the view of the planet.
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Obscure #2 (permalink) Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:45 pm   Obscure
 

Hi Meriline,

Obscure is make something unclear.

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Why did we not use fog? #3 (permalink) Sat May 16, 2009 14:23 pm   Why did we not use fog?
 

why can't it be: darken here? thanks
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Why did we not use fog? #4 (permalink) Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:42 am   Why did we not use fog?
 

Saneta wrote:
why can't it be: darken here? thanks

It seems that your questions don't deserve an answer. I ask the same
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Why did we not use fog? #5 (permalink) Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:03 am   Why did we not use fog?
 

Hello,

What is needed here is a verb that suggests 'block' in the sense that the view isn't as clear as it could be if the dust wasn't there. Of this list:

(a) fog
(b) obscure
(c) confuse
(d) darken

'obscure' is the most appropriate. 'Fog' as a verb is unusual but would be used in a figurative sense. 'Confuse' is used in the sense of not understanding, which wouldn't work here at all. 'Darken' suggests something becoming darker in colour and doesn't really describe the noun 'view'.

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Why did we not use fog? #6 (permalink) Wed Jun 01, 2011 0:19 am   Why did we not use fog?
 

Yeah.. it makes sense. A view can't be 'darkened'. You can darken colors and make colorful things darker but a view is something abstract. Is that right?
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