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    Relocate meaning.

    Hi, I have a question.

    The convention center's main auditorium has been ___ to provide an optimal view of the stage for all guests seated in the premises.This is a sentence from my book and can I put the word 'relocated' in this sentence? My book says no.
    'Relocate' means move something(building, company) to a different location, right? But, I'm not sure if distance matters.
    When you want to use 'relocate' word, does the destination have to be very far from the original place?

    Thank you as always.

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    Re: Relocate meaning.

    The convention center's main auditorium has been ___ to provide an optimal view of the stage for all guests seated in the premises.


    … "relocated" does mean "moved to a different place", and so, if the auditorium itself has not been moved then the term is incorrect. However, the stage itself may have been relocated inside the auditorium to provide better viewing. Otherwise the auditorium may have been "reorganized", "redesigned", "reconstructed","revamped", "altered", "adjusted", "transformed" etc.

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    Re: Relocate meaning.

    Thank you for your kind answer.

    But, I'm little bit confused. So, can I put that word in the sentece so that it can mean 'the stage itself have been relocated inside the auditorium'?

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    Re: Relocate meaning.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyJung View Post
    Thank you for your kind answer.

    But, I'm little bit confused. So, can I put that word in the sentence so that it can mean 'the stage itself has been relocated inside the auditorium'?
    No you can't. "relocated" doesn't fit in that sentence.

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    Re: Relocate meaning.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyJung View Post
    So, can I put that word in the sentence so that it can mean 'the stage itself has been relocated inside the auditorium'?
    As bhaisahab says, this won't work. For that to make sense, the stage would have to have originally been outside the auditorium, which would be a peculiar state of affairs. If it's the stage that has moved rather than the seating, perhaps "The stage in the convention center's main auditorium has been repositioned to provide an optimal view for all guests seated in the premises." would convey your meaning?


    Another point is that, to my ear, "on the premises" sounds somehow better than "in the premises" but I can't pinpoint why. I'd appreciate anyone else's input on that!

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    Re: Relocate meaning.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyJung View Post
    When you want to use 'relocate' word, does the destination have to be very far from the original place?
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    IMO, it has to move far enough (or be disassociated with its formal location enough) so that another, more fitting word can't be used.

    1: So, the main auditorium has been relocated?
    2: Not really, they just knocked down a few walls to widen it.
    1: Oh, so it was only remodeled.
    2: Right, it would be pretty strange to “relocate” a room as big as an auditorium!

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    Re: Relocate meaning.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyJung View Post
    Hi, I have a question.

    The convention center's main auditorium has been ___ to provide an optimal view of the stage for all guests seated in the premises.This is a sentence from my book and can I put the word 'relocated' in this sentence? My book says no.
    'Relocate' means move something(building, company) to a different location, right? But, I'm not sure if distance matters.
    When you want to use 'relocate' word, does the destination have to be very far from the original place?

    Thank you as always.
    The word you want is probably "ramped". The auditorium has been built so that the seats are on a slope, that is to say that the seats at the back are higher than those at the front. Like in a theatre or cinema.

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    Re: Relocate meaning.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The word you want is probably "ramped". The auditorium has been built so that the seats are on a slope, that is to say that the seats at the back are higher than those at the front. Like in a theatre or cinema.
    If you're referring to seating in an entertainment context such as theatres, "raked" is more common than "ramped".

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    Re: Relocate meaning.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    If you're referring to seating in an entertainment context such as theatres, "raked" is more common than "ramped".
    Possibly.

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    Re: Relocate meaning.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Possibly.
    I was a qualified theatrical stage manager and lighting designer before I did my CELTA, I'm pretty sure about this one ;) Certainly in Br Eng, at any rate.

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