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    moonwalker Guest

    Default means/ instrument

    The following question is a real toeic question.

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    We should find an effective ______ of bringing the union and management together for our future.

    a) instrument b) means c) technique d) approach

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    I know that " an effective means of ~~" is a right answer.
    But how about "instrument"?

    Is it impossible to use "instrument" in the sentence above?


    Please refer to the following.

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    instrument :
    someone or something that can be used in order to make something happen:
    The government has a number of policy instruments it can use for this purpose.
    instrument of: an important instrument of quality control

    Macmillan Publishers Ltd. 2002

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    Please help me.

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    The problem lies with the preposition- I wouldn't use instrument of + gerund. Also it doesn't collocate here, IMO; an instrument is something specific to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    The problem lies with the preposition- I wouldn't use instrument of + gerund. Also it doesn't collocate here, IMO; an instrument is something specific to me.

    Thank you so much.
    It is very clear now.
    Have a nice day! :D

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