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    #1

    remains and ruins

    Hello,

    I've tripped over another test question.

    I hope to see the castle ____________ before I leave the city.
    a) ancient b) remains c) ruins

    I admit 'castle ruins' is a far more common collocation, but is 'castle remains" unacceptable? You say 'remains of the castle', but not 'castle remains"?

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    #2

    Re: remains and ruins

    I prefer ruins, but this thread gives many conflicting opinions.

    Rover

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