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    The spectre of the building will collapse looms over our society. A spectrum of efforts have been making the government to avoid this panic situation.

    Please correct my sentences.

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    Default Re: spectre of, spectrum, looms

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    The spectre of the building will collapse looms over our society. A spectrum of efforts have been making the government to avoid this panic situation.

    Please correct my sentences.
    The first sentence is a nonsense. What exactly is "the spectre of the building"? "Spectre" means a ghost.

    The second sentence = The government has been producing a spectrum of plans to avoid this panic situation.

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    Default Re: spectre of, spectrum, looms

    Anglika, I've seen the word "spectre" used to mean "the horrible threat," as in "the specter of nuclear holocaust." I don't own the "Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms," but this link appears to reference it to define the idiom "raising the spectre of," which still retains the "ghost" meaning to some extent.

    If that is the meaning intended, I would write, "The spectre of the building's collapse looms over our society." Also, in the second sentence, I think "to avoid panic in this situation" might make more sense, if what the government is doing is preparing disaster plans in case the building actually does collapse.

    [I am a native speaker and writer, but not a teacher.]

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    Gary needs to tell us what he thinks he is saying.

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    Default Re: spectre of, spectrum, looms

    Thank you Anglika and Delmobile.

    I had written that sentence after I saw this meaning and examples from Cambridge dictionary :

    spectre UK
    noun
    the spectre of sth the idea of something unpleasant that might happen in the future:
    e.g. (1) The awful spectre of civil war looms over the country.
    (2) Drought and war have raised the spectre of food shortages for up to 24 million African people.

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    Thank you, Gary.

    So in your sentence, are you saying that the "spectre of the building's possible collapse" or "spectre that the building will/might collapse"?

    "Society" is also perhaps wrong in this context.

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    Thank you Anglika.

    Could you suggest me the word which apt here if not society?

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