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Contain vs hold #1 (permalink) Sat Jan 21, 2006 10:11 am   Contain vs hold
 

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ESL/EFL Test #6 "At the Conference", question 6

For the most popular speakers the committee had decided to use the main hall that is capable of supporting at least 200 people.

(a) the most popular
(b) had decided
(c) main hall
(d) supporting

Common Errors in English, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #6 "At the Conference", answer 6

For the most popular speakers the committee had decided to use the main hall that is capable of holding at least 200 people.

Correct entry: holding
The error was: (d) supporting

You have found the error but your entry is incorrect.
For the most popular speakers the committee had decided to use the main hall that is capable of containing at least 200 people.
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why not cotaining instead of holding?
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Contain/hold #2 (permalink) Sat Jan 21, 2006 11:50 am   Contain/hold
 

Hi Franz,

This is an interesting question. Clearly as you saw, supporting is wrong but the question is why hold and not contain. The conventional word when referring to the seating capacity of a hall/stadium/theatre is hold when we are talking about people. Contain is used more for inanimate objects. We could put the two verbs together and say:

The theatre is capable of holding 2,000 people and contains several bars and the usual facilities.

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Contain/hold #3 (permalink) Wed Sep 20, 2006 7:39 am   Contain/hold
 

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Hi Franz,

This is an interesting question. Clearly as you saw, supporting is wrong but the question is why hold and not contain. The conventional word when referring to the seating capacity of a hall/stadium/theatre is hold when we are talking about people. Contain is used more for inanimate objects. We could put the two verbs together and say:

The theatre is capable of holding 2,000 people and contains several bars and the usual facilities.

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How about "accommodating" (I can say "The building can accommodate all of the guests") ???
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Contain vs hold #4 (permalink) Thu Sep 21, 2006 16:25 pm   Contain vs hold
 

well, as I know, accommodate has a meaning of providing somebody a room to live in . Does it mean something similar with "hold" or "contain"????? :roll: :roll:
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Hold/contain/accommodate #5 (permalink) Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:26 am   Hold/contain/accommodate
 

As FangFang rightly pointed out, 'accommodate' usually has the sense of providing lodging for someone: the hotel can accommodate sixty visitors. Yet the term also means 'hold/contain' and could have been used in the test sentence, as Lost Soul suggested.
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Contain vs hold #6 (permalink) Sun Jul 04, 2010 16:32 pm   Contain vs hold
 

would "hosting" also be all right to use?
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Contain vs hold #7 (permalink) Sun Jul 04, 2010 17:30 pm   Contain vs hold
 

That would be fine in this context, Cristina. However it is not one of the choices in this question.
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Contain vs hold #8 (permalink) Sun Jul 04, 2010 18:23 pm   Contain vs hold
 

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That would be fine in this context, Cristina. However it is not one of the choices in this question.

But this question inherently doesn't have ANY choices... The test taker is supposed to fill in the gap with his own choice.
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Contain vs hold #9 (permalink) Sun Jul 04, 2010 18:51 pm   Contain vs hold
 

Sorry, I should have looked at the format of the question more carefully. I assumed it was of the standard multiple choice answer kind.

Anyway, on second thoughts, the room doesn't do the hosting. So it wouldn't work... probably :-S
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Contain vs hold #10 (permalink) Sun Jul 04, 2010 19:00 pm   Contain vs hold
 

Beeesneees wrote:
So it wouldn't work... probably :-S

Heh, for a moment there I thought the test needed some editing... ))
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Contain vs hold #11 (permalink) Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:23 am   Contain vs hold
 

Hi,

In the test the subject of the sentence is 'the main hall'. When you use the verb 'host', the subject is invariably human or a group of people as in: The debating society will be hosting the next conference on public speaking.

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