Results 1 to 4 of 4
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Vietnamese
      • Home Country:
      • Vietnam
      • Current Location:
      • Vietnam

    • Join Date: Apr 2011
    • Posts: 254
    #1

    fester vs. erode

    Here's a question in my GRE book.
    The relationship between the two leaders has gone from positively (i) _________ to chilly at best, not least because the recent arms scandal threatens to (ii) _________ the mutual trust that has been held on both sides for years.
    (i) parsimonious, reverent, congenial
    (ii) bolster, erode, fester


    My answer is "congenial, fester", but the book says it's "congenial, erode". Could anyone explain the difference between "fester" and "erode" that makes "erode" the right answer here please?
    Thanks a lot.
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

  1. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,091
    #2

    Re: fester vs. erode

    "Fester" is usually not used transitively. In fact, I'd never heard of its transitive use before consulting a dictionary.
    "To erode trust" is common collocation.
    What definition of "fester" are you using the word to mean?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 28-Jan-2015 at 13:33. Reason: typo

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Vietnamese
      • Home Country:
      • Vietnam
      • Current Location:
      • Vietnam

    • Join Date: Apr 2011
    • Posts: 254
    #3

    Re: fester vs. erode

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    What definition of "fester" are you using the word to mean?
    fester (v.t.) to make inflamed or corrupt http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fester
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

  2. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,091
    #4

    Re: fester vs. erode

    OK, well, it sounds very strange to me. "Erode" is right by virtue of usage. You can quite safely never use fester transitively, as I have done for more than 50 years.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •