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    administer/diminish

    Hi.

    "It was the captain's job to ------ the punishment on the ship."
    1)administer 2)diminish

    choose the correct answer an I will be much gratified!

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    #2

    Re: administer/diminish

    You try first.

    Which of the dictionary definitions makes more sense?

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: administer/diminish

    I agree with Rover. You choose, and one of us will tell you why you are wrong.

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    #4

    Re: administer/diminish

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    I agree with Rover. You choose, and one of us will tell you why you are wrong.
    I wondered between the two.Actually there were four choices, and although the book gives administer, I guess both are possible;Since you can also diminish punishment, telling the personnel not to punish anyony.

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    Re: administer/diminish

    Quote Originally Posted by hooshdar3 View Post
    I wondered between the two.Actually there were four choices, and although the book gives administer, I guess both are possible;Since you can also diminish punishment, telling the personnel not to punish anyony.
    Sombody?Anybody?

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    #6

    Re: administer/diminish

    I would say pick the best answer, not any possible answers.

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    #7

    Re: administer/diminish

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    I would say pick the best answer, not any possible answers.
    OK, what is best and why?

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    #8

    Re: administer/diminish

    'Administer'.

    We no not normally 'diminish' punishment. The usual collocation for that sense is 'reduce'. There are other possibilities, but 'diminish' is very low on the list.

    In formal language, 'punishment' often collocates with 'administer' and 'administration'.

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    #9

    Re: administer/diminish

    Also, the captain's job is to run the ship. That includes the administration of justice, including punishments for rule breakers.

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    #10

    Re: administer/diminish

    I second the opinions of both 5jj and SoothingDave.


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