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    saw a rise /had a rise/ obtained a rise

    The country saw a rise in the number of foreign visitors in recent years, but there remains a lack of qualified tour guides to support the sector, according to tourism experts.
    In the above sentence, can I use "had a rise" or "obtained a rise" in place of "saw a rise"?
    Is there any difference between them?
    Thanks for help!
    Last edited by anhnha; 08-Oct-2012 at 17:25.

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    Re: saw a rise /had a rise/ obtained a rise

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    The country saw a rise in the number of foreign visitors in recent years, but there remains a lack of qualified tour guides to support the sector, according to tourism experts.
    In the above sentence, can I use "had a rise" or "obtained a rise" in place of "saw a rise"?
    Is there any difference between them?
    Thanks for help!
    No, you could say "experienced a rise".

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    Re: saw a rise /had a rise/ obtained a rise

    No, you could say "experienced a rise".
    Could tell me the reasons for it?
    Is there any rule or it is what I have to learn by heart?
    Can I use "gained a rise" in the above sentence?

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    Re: saw a rise /had a rise/ obtained a rise

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Could tell me the reasons for it?
    Is there any rule or it is what I have to learn by heart?

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    I don't think that it's really about "rules", we're not talking grammar here. Your alternatives are not idiomatic.

    In 'The 20th century . . . a steady decline in the rural population' we would also use "saw". "See a decline" is idiomatic. I actually took this sentence from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, which lists collocations for many words. You may wish to consult a learner's dictionary to see how words are used.

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Can I use "gained a rise" in the above sentence?
    This doesn't work for me.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 08-Oct-2012 at 16:47.

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