Results 1 to 2 of 2
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Nov 2009
    • Posts: 529
    #1

    prompt vs cause

    Hi,

    Question:
    Any difference between prompt and cause in the sentence below?

    Sentence:
    A new U.S. downturn could prompt/cause policymakers to take the aggressive step of setting specific economic guideposts for the direction of interest rates.

    Thanks

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,864
    #2

    Re: prompt vs cause

    Prompt suggest to me that the idea is around and they are given a nudge to do it. Cause is stronger and more direct- without the event, there wouldn't be this step at all.

Similar Threads

  1. [Vocabulary] Elicit versus Prompt.
    By Henry G in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 16-Aug-2010, 10:23
  2. [Vocabulary] Prompt questions from a Newspaper!
    By Ever Student in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 15-Jan-2010, 10:09
  3. A prompt question!
    By Ever Student in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-Jan-2010, 17:41
  4. [Grammar] A prompt question!
    By Ever Student in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 24-Dec-2009, 04:23
  5. Re:prompt answer please
    By Fariba in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 01-Jul-2007, 18:42

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •