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    #1

    Coarse, hard, or granular feed solids

    Coarse, hard, or granular feed solids may disintegrate into pulp or mush when their content of soluble material is removed.

    which one is the best alternative?

    1. dismantle
    2. give away
    3. take part
    4. break up

    I think both No.1 and 4 can be the answer. Correct me if I'm wrong please!

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    #2

    Re: Coarse, hard, or granular feed solids

    You're wrong. "Dismantle" is not the same as disintegrate. Dismantle is like when you take apart something that was previously built.

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    #3

    Re: Coarse, hard, or granular feed solids

    But I've seen "disintegrate" as a common synonym for that word in two famous dictionaries!

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    Re: Coarse, hard, or granular feed solids

    I don't care what you've seen in two famous dictionaries; 'dismantle' is wrong in that context.

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    #5

    Re: Coarse, hard, or granular feed solids

    Things don't dismantle. People dismantle things. Things are dismantled by people.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Coarse, hard, or granular feed solids

    Come to think of it, I can't see how they can be synonymous in any context. 'Dismantle' is only ever transitive and 'disintegrate' is only very rarely used transitively.

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    #7

    Re: Coarse, hard, or granular feed solids

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Coarse, hard, or granular feed solids may disintegrate into pulp or mush when their content of soluble material is removed.

    which one is the best alternative?

    1. dismantle
    2. give away
    3. take part
    4. break up

    I think both No.1 and 4 can be the answer. Correct me if I'm wrong please!

    Thanks
    I agree with the others. Only 4 works for me.

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    Re: Coarse, hard, or granular feed solids

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    But I've seen "disintegrate" as a common synonym for that word in two famous dictionaries!
    Be very careful with words given as synonyms. To be honest, I question the use of most thesauruses.

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