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    Which one should I choose?

    Dear teachers,
    Please look at the following question:
    At first everything went well with the project but recently we have had a number of_____with the machinery.
    A) disturbances C) outputs
    B) setbacks D) distortions

    A or B? I am not sure. it seems the answer should be A because setback usually means frustration. But if A is correct, why isn't the preposition following the blank "by" or "from"? Is "with" ok here?
    Besides, Dictionary told me that setback can mean "problem" sometimes, so " we have had a number of problems with the machinery" seems correct now.
    I am puzzled, help me and tell me why plz, thanks

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    Re: Which one should I choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by japanjapan
    Dear teachers,
    Please look at the following question:
    At first everything went well with the project but recently we have had a number of_____with the machinery.
    A) disturbances C) outputs
    B) setbacks D) distortions

    A or B? I am not sure. it seems the answer should be A because setback usually means frustration. But if A is correct, why isn't the preposition following the blank "by" or "from"? Is "with" ok here?
    Besides, Dictionary told me that setback can mean "problem" sometimes, so " we have had a number of problems with the machinery" seems correct now.
    I am puzzled, help me and tell me why plz, thanks
    'distrubance' is usually related to emotions.

    B) is the best choice. :D

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    If there were disturbances in a factory, I'd say it was because of the workers not the machines.

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    Re: Which one should I choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by japanjapan
    Dear teachers,
    Please look at the following question:
    At first everything went well with the project but recently we have had a number of_____with the machinery.
    A) disturbances C) outputs
    B) setbacks D) distortions

    A or B? I am not sure. it seems the answer should be A because setback usually means frustration. But if A is correct, why isn't the preposition following the blank "by" or "from"? Is "with" ok here?
    Besides, Dictionary told me that setback can mean "problem" sometimes, so " we have had a number of problems with the machinery" seems correct now.
    I am puzzled, help me and tell me why plz, thanks
    I agree that "setbacks" is correct. "Setbacks with" is fine, it means "setbacks involving". :wink:

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