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    resort(v), resort (n)

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me your opinion about the interpretations of the expressions in bald in the following sentences?

    With such a clear distinction between the characters, a distinction that decisively favors Svidrigailov as a superior being, why does it so happen that Raskolnikov, a failed theorist, a confirmed “louse”, finds a new life at the end of the novel, while Arkady Ivanovich finally resorts to suicide?

    Poets sometimes resort to strange uses of the language.

    The government resorted to rationing meat

    You shouldn’t resort to force.

    resort (to) = turn (to); have recourse to

    We resorted to the hotel for some coffee.

    This was a place which he was known to resort.

    At the age of twenty-five he resorted to Italy.

    resort = move, travel, or proceed toward some place

    Some . . . know the resorts and falls of business that can not sink into the main of it.

    resort (n) = active power or movement; spring

    He liked to visit the all-night resorts.

    an all-night resort = a night club

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Re: resort(v), resort (n)

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me your opinion about the interpretations of the expressions in bald in the following sentences?

    With such a clear distinction between the characters, a distinction that decisively favors Svidrigailov as a superior being, why does it so happen that Raskolnikov, a failed theorist, a confirmed “louse”, finds a new life at the end of the novel, while Arkady Ivanovich finally resorts to suicide?

    Poets sometimes resort to strange uses of the language.

    The government resorted to rationing meat

    You shouldn’t resort to force.

    resort (to) = turn (to); have recourse to
    I've heard and used the word in this meaning quite often.

    "Using the money in my savings account is a last resort."



    We resorted to the hotel for some coffee.

    This was a place which he was known to resort.

    At the age of twenty-five he resorted to Italy.

    resort = move, travel, or proceed toward some place

    I've never heard the word used this way. Not saying it's wrong - just that I've never heard this usage. I would say this, instead:

    We returned to the hotel for some coffee.
    This was a place which he was known to frequent. (visit often)
    At the age of twenty-five, he moved (or returned) to Italy.



    Some . . . know the resorts and falls of business that can not sink into the main of it.

    resort (n) = active power or movement; spring

    This must be an obscure definition of resort as a noun. The only noun usage I've ever heard for resort is as a place to vacation, rest, relax or be intertained - a recreational venue.

    A resort on the ocean. Or a resort and spa in the mountains.

    He liked to visit the all-night resorts.

    an all-night resort = a night club
    In this last one - the word resort is more in line with the noun definition I've seen/heard/used myself - a place of recreation.


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