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    the difference between intensifying and tightening

    In the following sentence:
    In a significant ____ (intensifying/tightening) of legal controls over the press, the Lord Chancellor will introduce a draft bill that will propose making payments to witnesses illegal.
    I tend to choose tightening, because I have seen expressions like "to tighten up on the control" and "to tighten one's hold on something", but the answer is intensifying. I don't know the difference between these two words, so could you explain it? Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: the difference between intensifying and tightening

    I don't see any difference in this context. What is the source of the exercise?

    Rover

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    Re: the difference between intensifying and tightening

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I don't see any difference in this context. What is the source of the exercise?

    Rover
    Oh, it's from a test paper

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    Re: the difference between intensifying and tightening

    I agree with Rover that both are possible; but if I were forced to choose one, it would be "tightening". It's a bad test question.

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    Re: the difference between intensifying and tightening

    Thank you all for the help. Now I'm clear.

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