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    Sentence Completion

    Hi All,

    Wanted views on this sentence:

    Chicken soup and cough syrup can help ____ the discomfort of a sore throat.

    1. ameliorate
    2. alleive

    My call on it was alleive, which i assume came from 'alleviate' , but when i googled it, i found no matches.

    Appreciate any help on this.

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    Aishwarya

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    It's a mistake. It should be 'alleviate', which is the correct choice.

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    But ameliorate means to improve right? So using ameliorate in that context cannot be right ?

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    'alleviate' means 'lessen, make less severe,' and is this the better word for a discomfort, in my opinion.

    I am sure that many people would happily use 'ameliorate' in your sentence. Only a purist would object.

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    Re: Sentence Completion

    Quote Originally Posted by Aishwarya.89 View Post
    But ameliorate means to improve right? So using ameliorate in that context cannot be right ?
    From Collins Dictionary:
    Ameliorate is often wrongly used where alleviate is meant. Ameliorate is properly used to mean `improve', not `make easier to bear', so one should talk about alleviating pain or hardship, not ameliorating it

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    Ameliorate is often wrongly used where alleviate is meant. Ameliorate is properly used to mean `improve', not `make easier to bear', so one should talk about alleviating pain or hardship, not ameliorating it
    It is so often used in this way by people with a little knoweldge of 'correct' meanings, that it has almost become acceptable, in my opinion.

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