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    blockade/restriction

    Hi,

    Here is a question from the TEM4:

    They've lifted a two-year-long economic __________ on the country.

    b)restriction
    c)blockade

    I chose "b" but the answer turned out to be "c", may I know why?

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: blockade/restriction

    Grammatically, both b) and c) work, although we would normally use "economic restrictions" rather than the singular. Was this a standalone question, or based on a reading comprehension piece?

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    Re: blockade/restriction

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Grammatically, both b) and c) work, although we would normally use "economic restrictions" rather than the singular. Was this a standalone question, or based on a reading comprehension piece?
    Thanks a lot for your help. This is a standalone sentence.

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    Re: blockade/restriction

    The fact that it's singular makes b) very unlikely, while c) is a natural sentence. Normally, sanctions come as packages rather than a single thing, so b) would be very unusual.

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    Re: blockade/restriction

    Also, a restriction applies to [trade in] a product. As emsr3d2 said, they usually come in the plural. So in this case I'd favour 'blockade'.

    Even that would sound a bit odd to me - unless it referred to physical restrictions. 'Blockade' and 'harbour' collocate strongly.

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