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Trust vs. "rely on"



 
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Trust vs. "rely on" #1 (permalink) Wed May 17, 2006 17:40 pm   Trust vs. "rely on"
 

Common Errors in English, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #10 "Late at the Office", question 1

Mary could always be trusted on to be late for work.

(a) could
(b) trusted on
(c) be
(d) for work

Common Errors in English, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #10 "Late at the Office", answer 1

Mary could always be relied on to be late for work.

Correct entry: relied on
The error was: (b) trusted on
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Hello,

Can you explain what difference between "trust" and "rely"?

Btw, what does this sentence mean?
Why "Mary could always be trusted on to be late for work"?

Thank you very much.

Ann
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Trust vs. rely on #2 (permalink) Wed May 17, 2006 20:06 pm   Trust vs. rely on
 

Hi Ann,

You asked:

Quote:
Can you explain what difference between "trust" and "rely"?

Btw, what does this sentence mean? Why "Mary could always be trusted on to be late for work"?

Trust someone is believe in someone and accept what they say as true.

Rely on someone means depend on someone.

The sentence:
Quote:
Mary could always be relied on to be late for work.

means in a sarcastic way you could always be sure/ you could depend on the fact that Mary would be late.

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