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    Gap's collocations

    The focus of economic policy had been to lower/tighten the gap between the rich and the poor.

    Would you please enlighten me about the accuracy of these two words here? To me, both of them are correct and acceptable. What do you think?

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    #2

    Re: Gap's collocations

    They both work for me.

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    #3

    Re: Gap's collocations

    You can narrow the gap as well.

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    Re: Gap's collocations

    "Narrow" would be my first choice.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Gap's collocations

    Do you agree with me that "reduce, lower, tighten, narrow, bridge" can all work here?

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    #6

    Re: Gap's collocations

    I don't like "bridge" here. It's a different meaning.

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    Re: Gap's collocations

    Longman's software claims that "bridge" can work here. Why do you think otherwise?

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    Re: Gap's collocations

    It's not grammatically incorrect. We can bridge a gap, whether it's a real gap or a metaphorical one. However, it does not mean the same as any of your other suggestions.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Gap's collocations

    "Bridge" can have the meaning of reducing the distance between things. For me, it can work in this setting.

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    Re: Gap's collocations

    Yes. Bridge the gap connotes the different sense. I just wanted to receive approval for the accuracy of all those given words. So, they can fit there, albeit differently.

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