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    build or grow

    Was it better to risk certain death by sitting close together on a small crowded open boat with very little food and water? Or should one stay on the “Bounty” with the crew and face certain death from the British Navy if caught? The drawback of staying on the ship seemed to ______as I thought about how wrong it was to treat Captain Bligh in this way. So I joined him in the small boat.

    A. build B . grow

    I learn from the dictionary that both have the meaning of "increase, become stronger". So I think both are suitable in this case.

    Are they naturally collocated?

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    Re: build or grow

    I'd use B.

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    Re: build or grow

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I'd use B.
    Thanks, Tdol.

    So we cannot say the drawback is building over time.

    Or can you tell me the difference between the two words associated with the meaning of "increase"?

    Thanks!

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    Re: build or grow

    I agree with TDol, but I find the use of "drawback" a little odd here. Was that in the original script? I've seen the movie with Brando several times, but haven't read the book.

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    Re: build or grow

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I agree with TDol, but I find the use of "drawback" a little odd here. Was that in the original script? I've seen the movie with Brando several times, but haven't read the book.
    I find "drawback" odd too.

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    #6

    Re: build or grow

    I got stuck on "risk certain death." You either risk death, or face certain death, but how do you risk certain death?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: build or grow

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Thanks, Tdol.

    So we cannot say the drawback is building over time. No, Tdol said that he would say B, and gave no indication whether A was acceptable.

    Or can you tell me the difference between the two words associated with the meaning of "increase"?

    Thanks!
    The main difference, as I see it, is that organic things grow - they grow by themselves. Non-organic things are built. But we can use 'build' with abstract terms - anxiety, excitement, etc. I agree that a drawback doesn't build, but then it doesn't grow either. The number of drawbacks could build, but I'd still use 'grow' there.

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