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    to ... the flow of blood (question mainly to physicians)

    Hello

    1. The paramedic managed to ……………………….. the flow of blood by tightly bandaging the wound.
    A.check B.restrain C.curb D.inhibit E. stop

    If 'best' makes sense in "Which is the best answer?", please provide your answer. Which word can't fit in the sentence and why? I am not asking which collocation would be less frequent, but which would be an impossible collocation.


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    Re: to ... the flow of blood (question mainly to physicians)

    In this sentence, check or stop makes best sense.

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    Re: to ... the flow of blood (question mainly to physicians)

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Hello

    1. The paramedic managed to .. the flow of blood by tightly bandaging the wound.
    A.check B.restrain C.curb D.inhibit E. stop

    If 'best' makes sense in "Which is the best answer?", please provide your answer. Which word can't fit in the sentence and why? I am not asking which collocation would be less frequent, but which would be an impossible collocation.


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    I'd say D. inhibit, if I had to choose from those 5.
    None would be impossible. The least likely, to me, would be restrain.

    Of course A - D mean to slow the blood loss down. E. means to stop it completely - though 'check' may also mean stop in some dialects.

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    Re: to ... the flow of blood (question mainly to physicians)

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    In this sentence, check or stop makes best sense.
    Yes, we don't know what the paramedics actually managed to do, so it's impossible to choose between slowing the blood loss and stopping it completely. Does 'check' mean 'stop' to you? To me, 'check' means to slow it sufficiently so that the patient is not in danger.


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    Re: to ... the flow of blood (question mainly to physicians)

    How about stem? Would you prefer this word to any other?

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    How about stem? Would you prefer this word to any other?
    Yes


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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, we don't know what the paramedics actually managed to do, so it's impossible to choose between slowing the blood loss and stopping it completely. Does 'check' mean 'stop' to you? To me, 'check' means to slow it sufficiently so that the patient is not in danger.
    Exactly. An ambiguous sentence.

    To check the flow to me would be reduce it to manageable levels.


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    Yes
    And which one/(s) would that/those be?
    Which word(s) is/are more natural to your ears?

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    Re: to ... the flow of blood (question mainly to physicians)

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    And which one/(s) would that/those be?
    Which word(s) is/are more natural to your ears?
    Referring to post #6
    I quoted you: How about stem? Would you prefer this word to any other?

    Then I answered: Yes
    By this, I meant that I would prefer 'stem' to any other.

    That's why I quote questions - so I can answer them below.

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    Re: to ... the flow of blood (question mainly to physicians)

    'Restrain' doesn't work well for me with 'flow'. To add to the list, you could add 'staunch'.

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