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    solicit goods or something else

    "He was soliciting mineral water to offices in the nearby district." Is it OK with the context? I looked up in a dictionary that one of the defenitions is sell goods by offering them to other people.

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    "He went to a bar for a couple of drinks that night. He was talking to a good-looking lady when he was busted by police. They thought he was soliciting a prostitute."

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    Re: solicit goods or something else

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "He was soliciting mineral water to offices in the nearby district." Is it OK with the context? I looked up in a dictionary that one of the defenitions is sell goods by offering them to other people.
    My dictionaries don't give that definition. For me, 'soliciting' always involves some form of asking for, requesting, etc. So, I could say that 'he was soliciting orders for mineral water.'

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    "He went to a bar for a couple of drinks that night. He was talking to a good-looking lady when he was busted by police. They thought he was soliciting a prostitute." Possibly, though normally it is the prostitute who solicits. 'Soliciting' is, or was, a criminal offence in England. I don't know what the offence is called today.
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    Re: solicit goods or something else

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
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    I know sometimes defenitions don't work. Sorry. I would appreciate your comment on this one "to solicit"=sell something by taking orders for a product or service, usually by going to people's houses or businesses.

    Can we say the following thing?

    "He went to the Governor's office to solicit financial aid to fight the aftermath of the tornado." OK?
    Last edited by ostap77; 05-Nov-2010 at 12:40.

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    Re: solicit goods or something else

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I know sometimes defeinitions don't work. Sorry. I would appreciate your comment on this one "to solicit"=sell something by taking orders for a product or service, usually by going to people's houses or businesses. Not for me. I can solicit only the order, not the product.

    Can we say the following thing?

    "He went to the Governor's office to solicit financial aid to fight the aftermath of the tornado." OK? Yes
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