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    Hello,

    Consider the sentence: "The painting was created by Caravaggio". In my opinion this sentence sounds natural and instead of "created" we can use "painted" with exactly the same meaning. What about "generated" and "originated" as synonyms for "created"? Does the sentence sound natural in these cases?

    "The painting was generated by Caravaggio"
    "The painting was originated by Caravaggio"

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    Default Re: create/originate/generate

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    Hello,

    Consider the sentence: "The painting was created by Caravaggio". In my opinion this sentence sounds natural and instead of "created" we can use "painted" with exactly the same meaning. What about "generated" and "originated" as synonyms for "created"? Does the sentence sound natural in these cases?

    "The painting was generated by Caravaggio"
    "The painting was originated by Caravaggio"

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    No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
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    Thanks!!! What would the meaning of the sentence be with the words "originated" and "generated"?

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    Default Re: create/originate/generate

    We simply would not use those words.

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    Default Re: create/originate/generate

    A painting is painted. Created is not even a great word choice.
    Maybe... The painting was .... done by Caravaggio.
    The painting was.... knocked off by Caravaggio. No, painted is it.

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    Default Re: create/originate/generate

    Quote Originally Posted by JTRiff View Post
    The painting was.... knocked off by Caravaggio. No, painted is it.
    knocked off? Are you sure that it's the correct option? My dictionary doesn't provide the meaning of "knock off" synonymous with "create" or "paint". What's more "knock off" has the meaning "to kill someone" and that's why I was wondering if we can really use this phrasal verb in the meaning being discussed.

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    Default Re: create/originate/generate

    Here's an example taken from Longman:

    knock something ↔ off - produce- to produce something quickly and easily:
    Roland makes a lot of money knocking off copies of famous paintings.

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