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    can I use "draw" instead of "produce"?

    She (produced/drew) some sweets from her bag and insisted they be shared among her friends.
    I'm to make a choice between produce and drew. The answer is "produced". But then I wonder if drew can also be used here. Sometimes we say to draw some money from the pocket. So is "drew" also acceptable in the above sentence? Hope you can help me, thank you.

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    Re: can I use "draw" instead of "produce"?

    Quote Originally Posted by chance22 View Post
    She (produced/drew) some sweets from her bag and insisted they be shared among her friends.
    It would be an uncommon use of 'draw'. And 'produced' goes better with 'insisted' (both Latin derivatives) - not that that's a major factor.

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    Re: can I use "draw" instead of "produce"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It would be an uncommon use of 'draw'. And 'produced' goes better with 'insisted' (both Latin derivatives) - not that that's a major factor.
    "produce some sweets from her bag" also seems uncommon to me. Is it used formally in here? Because "She took out some sweets from her bag" seems the most common.

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    Re: can I use "draw" instead of "produce"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It would be an uncommon use of 'draw'. And 'produced' goes better with 'insisted' (both Latin derivatives) - not that that's a major factor.
    Thank you. Then is the expression "draw some money/notes from the pocket" natural?
    Last edited by chance22; 27-Dec-2013 at 06:59.

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    Re: can I use "draw" instead of "produce"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It would be an uncommon use of 'draw'.
    The Longman dictionary says "draw" means "to take something out", why is it an uncommon use? Do dictionaries sometimes include uncommon usage?
    See definition 14 of draw - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online

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    Re: can I use "draw" instead of "produce"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Do dictionaries sometimes include uncommon usage?
    They do that all the time; it's one of their main functions. That's why it's definition #14 and not one of the first five or ten.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 27-Dec-2013 at 10:35.

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    Re: can I use "draw" instead of "produce"?

    In BrE, we tend only to use "draw" with that meaning when we say "I'm going to draw some money out of the bank". Even then, most people would use "take" or perhaps "withdraw".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: can I use "draw" instead of "produce"?

    Is it common to say "draw a gun/sword"?

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    Re: can I use "draw" instead of "produce"?

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    Is it common to say "draw a gun/sword"?
    In the 18th century, I'm sure it was quite common. They're not phrases I've ever had cause to use! In the last news case here of a police shooting, I seem to recall the papers saying that the victim had "pulled a gun" and then brandished it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: can I use "draw" instead of "produce"?

    It's only common when you say "draw a card".

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