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    preserve or stand

    Leon decided to create a solid chocolate which can ___1___ a long time. After lots of ___2___, the chocolate Dove was finally made and each piece of chocolate was firmly engraved with the letters "DOVE".
    1. A. stand B.preserve

    The answer given is "preserve", which I think is not natural.

    1. Shouldn't it be written as "be preserved" or "last"?

    2. The second blank is "research", is it naturally used?

    Thanks for your help!

    Jason

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    Re: preserve or stand

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Leon decided to create a solid chocolate which can ___1___ a long time. After lots of ___2___, the chocolate Dove was finally made and each piece of chocolate was firmly engraved with the letters "DOVE".
    1. A. stand B.preserve

    The answer given is "preserve", which I think is not natural.

    1. Shouldn't it be written as "be preserved" or "last"?

    2. The second blank is "research", is it naturally used?

    Thanks for your help!

    Jason
    "Research" for #2 is absolutely fine.
    "Preserve" for #1 is nonsense. We simply do not say that something "can preserve" in that way. We say that something "can preserve something else" but that is not the usage here.

    I would have used "... which can last a long time."

    Another alternative is based on the fact that "to preserve" and "to keep" mean the same thing in some contexts. However, only "keep" works here (and I don't know if it works in AmE).

    Leon decided to create a solid chocolate which can keep for a long time. (Note that when we use "keep" we add "for" before the time period involved.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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