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    recover or recall

    We say "recall the soul of a dead person" or "recover the soul of a dead person"?

    Which one is more naturally collocated?

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    Re: recover or recall

    Neither is natural.

    First we must establish the possibility of recovering/recalling a dead person's soul.

    Why do you want to do that?

    See if Psychic Times International has Q&A section.



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    Re: recover or recall

    Thanks for your reply.

    Of course I don't want to recall/recover the soul of a dead man.

    I just want to know which of the two words collocates with the noun "soul".

    Thanks again!

    Jason
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 03-Jul-2014 at 09:01. Reason: Unnecessary quote deleted.

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    Re: recover or recall

    I'm not sure what you're referring to. Even people who believe in souls don't talk about 'recovering' or 'recalling' them. Do you mean invoking or calling on them so that you can speak to them?

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    Re: recover or recall

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I'm not sure what you're referring to. Even people who believe in souls don't talk about 'recovering' or 'recalling' them. Do you mean invoking or calling on them so that you can speak to them?
    In Asian countries, many festivals have some activities in memory of their dead ancestors. One of the purposes is to bring their soul back. In one of the tests, we have the multiple choices like: ...._________ the soul of the dead poet . A. recover B. recall

    The answer given is B.

    That's why I turn to you.

    So there is no such collocation in western culture, is there?

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    Re: recover or recall

    May I say 'conjure or evoke the soul'?

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    Re: recover or recall

    There is nothing in my culture that would rise to the level of collocation. If I had to choose in your question, I would pick "recall". I don't know what "recovering" a soul would mean.

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    Re: recover or recall

    I would choose B too- you could make a case for recall, but recover makes no sense. However, that would be changing the meaning from the intended one to remembering. I would use summon for the idea of calling the dead person's soul back.

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