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    Can you help me with these similar words?

    Yesterday I did an exercise where I had to choose the most appropriate word among three words that were written and I have some doubts about 2 sentences in particular.

    1) From that time onwards until his premature death sixteen years later, he.................(completely/fully/throughly) disappeared from actival musical life.

    2) Precociously gifted, he was .....................(capable/able) to study in Germany thanks to a wealthy patron.

    In the first one I wrote "throughly" and then I saw the correct answer is "completely", but my question is this: Do not they all mean the same thing? Can you explain the differences among "completely, fully and throughly"?

    In the second, I wrote "able" and I noticed it is correct, but, why "capable" would be incorrect? What's the difference in meaning between them?

    Thanks so much in advance.

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    Re: Can you help me with these similar words?

    Hello dilodi83,

    I can answer your second question.


    2) Precociously gifted, he was ___________to study in Germany thanks to a wealthy patron.

    2a) capable of: he was capable of studying
    Note, capable of, not capable to
    • meaning, he had the skill/ability to study


    2b) able: he was able to study

    • meaning, he was given an opportunity

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    Re: Can you help me with these similar words?

    Thank you very much for your explanation....
    What about the first question?

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    Re: Can you help me with these similar words?

    In answer to your first question, completely means totally, whereas fully and thoroughly mean complete in every detail.


    1) ..., he________disappeared.

    1a) completely (meaning, totally)
    2b) thoroughly
    2c) fully

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