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    Red face Hello ! I want to ask a question

    Hello ! This is Fiona ,coming from China.
    I have a sentence : The late arrivals for the musicial were ___ to their seats.
    Here are the choices: A.hurried B.rushed C.hastened D.quickened
    I'm not sure about the anwer,hurried and rushed,which one is right? And what's the difference between hurried and rushed ? Thank you

    This is the first time that I have tried to solve an English problem by aking question on your website....If I miss your rule or something else,please don't hesitate to tell me ,thanks

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    Re: Hello ! I wanna ask a question

    Quote Originally Posted by FiFi131 View Post
    Hello! This is Fiona (no comma here) coming from China.
    I have a sentence: The late arrivals for the musicial musical were ___ to their seats.
    Here are the choices: A.hurried B.rushed C.hastened D.quickened
    I'm not sure about the answer - hurried and or rushed. Which one is right? And what's the difference between hurried and rushed? Thank you.

    This is the first time that I have tried to solve an English problem by asking a question on your website. (One full stop is enough.) If I miss yourbroke any rules or something anything else, (space after a comma) please don't hesitate to tell me. Thanks.
    Welcome to the forum.

    My first comment is that all the answers are a little unnatural. However, both "hurried" and "rushed" could be acceptable. It's not a good question. They were "shown quickly to their seats".

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    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Hello ! I wanna ask a question

    A better title for the post would be 'hurried/rushed'.
    Slang words like 'wanna' are discouraged here.

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    Last edited by emsr2d2; 28-Oct-2014 at 13:47. Reason: minor typo

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    Re: Hello ! I wanna ask a question

    Is it correct to say 'They were ushered quickly to their seats'?

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    Re: Hello ! I wanna ask a question

    Yes.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Hello ! I wanna ask a question

    I have no problem with either "rushed" or "hurried".

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    Re: Hello ! I wanna ask a question

    I have a sentence : The late arrivals for the musicial were ___ to their seats.
    Here are the choices: A.hurried B.rushed C.hastened D.quickened
    I believe that the correct answer is A. hurried, since the scenario is a theater and it is implied that the show has already started.

    There is only a subtle difference between "hurry" and "rush" - "hurry" means to move a bit quicker than the present pace. "Rush" means to move very fast, often with haste and without regard for safety or any possible negative consequences.

    In a theater, when the lights have been lowered and the performers are onstage, the usher would quietly walk the latecomers quickly to their seats. They wouldn't urge them to run down the aisle. So they would be "hurried" to their seats, not "rushed."

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    Re: Hello ! I wanna ask a question

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    A better title for the post would be 'hurried/rushed'.
    Slang words like 'wanna' are discouraged here.
    I have edited the title in the original post, lest other students think 'wanna' is acceptable here.

    I can't change it in subsequent posts.

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    I don't agree. I see that as a distinction without a difference. In both cases, the movement occurs quickly. Neither implies lack of safety to me.

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