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    verb that goes with "meaning"

    I help my learner prepare for External Standardised Testing which is held in our country for those who are going to go to university. We are analysing the previous tests. There are some sentences from the part "Use of English" (the text is "The Meaning of Monkey Talk"):
    Krak! Hok! Boom! These might sound like random noises to us, but to a species of monkey living in Ivory Coast, they _____
    a very specific meaning.
    a) pass
    b) transport
    c) bring
    d) carry
    The correct answer is "carry".
    Having searched the net I made a conclusion the only typical structure with "meaning" is "to have a meaning. Why should we choose "carry", not "bring"? So, what's wrong with a, b, c variants?
    Thank you.

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    Re: verb that goes with "meaning"

    Quote Originally Posted by Alimdul View Post
    I help my learner prepare for External Standardised Testing which is held in our country for those who are going to go to university. We are analysing the previous tests. There are some sentences from the part "Use of English" (the text is "The Meaning of Monkey Talk"):
    Krak! Hok! Boom! These might sound like random noises to us, but to a species of monkey living in Ivory Coast, they _____
    a very specific meaning.
    a) pass
    b) transport
    c) bring
    d) carry
    The correct answer is "carry".
    Having searched the net I made a conclusion the only typical structure with "meaning" is "to have a meaning. Why should we choose "carry", not "bring"? So, what's wrong with a, b, c variants?
    Thank you.
    You are right that "have" is far more common, but "carry" is used and it is the only correct option of those given in the test.

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    Re: verb that goes with "meaning"

    Quote Originally Posted by Alimdul View Post
    Why should we choose "carry", not "bring"?
    It's a collocation- that's the way we say it. Bring makes sense, but we don't use it.

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