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    "resources" or "stocks"?

    Hi, I found this choose-the-correct-option exercise in an English Proficiency book:
    Working with the mentally handicapped requires considerable ................ of patience and understanding.
    A means B resources C stocks D provisions
    I've got the answer book, and , apparently, option B is the correct one, but to me, it should be "C", so am I in the wrong or is there a mistake in the answer book?
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    Re: "resources" or "stocks"?

    As a native English speaker, I would go with provisions if I had to choose from that list.

    But out of B and C, I agree with you that C sounds better.

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    Re: "resources" or "stocks"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dextrous View Post
    As a native English speaker, I would go with provisions if I had to choose from that list.

    But out of B and C, I agree with you that C sounds better.
    As another native speaker, I disagree on both counts . Out of those options, I would choose B. I feel that 'stocks' should refer to concrete consumables - baked beans, soup, toothpaste...: We don't have that brand, but we are expecting further stocks this week. In the singular, the notion of consumables is not there; it could refer to clothing: We don't have that size, but we are expecting new stock this week.

    But I would prefer 'reserves' to 'resources', and that's not an option.

    b

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