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    Synonym of close

    I don't know which verb should I use to convey the meaning "close''.

    The university has dicided to close physical education due to the budget shortfall.

    The university has decided to terminate/ cut /shut/put an end to physical education due to the budget shortfall.

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    Re: Synonym of close

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    To me it sounds incomplete


    The university has decided to close down the physical education facility due to the budget shortfall.

    The university has decided to exclude physical education from the curriculum due to the budget shortfall.

    In the first you could also use: "shut down"

    "to terminate/put an end to" sound a bit over dramatic.

    In my opinion, that is.

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    Re: Synonym of close

    Generally I'm not so sure about 'facility'. Do you mean 'faculty'? I think PE departments are just that - 'departments'. But 'close down' or 'shut down' is the right verb.

    You're right too about 'terminate' being over-dramatic - although it might be used by the NUT (teachers' union), because 'over-dramatic' language - or to use a 10$ word 'dysphemism'* - is often the politically appropriate effect.

    b

    PS * Compare with the opposite - 'euphemism'. 'Die' - euphemism 'pass on'; dysphemism 'kick the bucket'.

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    Re: Synonym of close

    Thank you for your comments BobK. I did use "facility" for lack of a better word coming to mind apart from "gym", which, of course, would not cover all the possible options involved. I ruled out "faculty" because somehow I was led to assume that a university would not close one just on the gronds of budget cuts, as that would be restructuring. Pe department is inded the most applicable, since it infers that the university does nor offer PE as a graduation subject.

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    Re: Synonym of close

    Mannysteps, facilities would work for the buildings.

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    #6

    Re: Synonym of close

    You could use suspend, giving the punters hope that the facilities will be restored when things improve.

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    Rover KE: According to Tdol you have just reffered to suspending buildings! No sarcasm intended, do believe me, since I truly appreciate the comments I have received from both of you. It just goes to show that nothing in English is so black and white and no matter how hard you try, you will always find yourself walking on thin ice from time to time.

    Regards for both,

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    Re: Synonym of close

    Access to/use of the gym facilities has been suspended.

    Ice free?

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    Re: Synonym of close

    Sometimes you can use the word cancel. For instance if you are talking about a program or a service.

    The university has decided to cancel the Phys. Ed. program.

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    I'm from Canada so we do a lot of walking on ice here! But I think the above example is okay.

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