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    #1

    to approve one's idea.

    The teacher approved Tom's idea for building a model of the pyramids.

    Instead of the original above which of the following is correct, idiomatic and in the same meaning as the original?

    1) The teacher approved Tom's thought for building a model of the pyramids."

    2) The teacher approved Tom's opinion for building a model of the pyramids.

    Source: NTC's Thesaurus.

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    #2

    Re: to approve one's idea.

    Neither sentence works. A thesaurus lists possible synonyms. Few of them are direct replacements for the head word.
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    Re: to approve one's idea.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Neither sentence works. A thesaurus lists possible synonyms. Few of them are direct replacements for the head word.
    In most of dictionaries idea is synonym with thought? What would be difference or mistake if we used "thought" instead of "idea" ?

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    Re: to approve one's idea.

    You can sometimes use either thought or idea to mean a discrete conception, as in I have an idea/thought: let's go to the zoo. There are many cases where they are not interchangeable. Elon Musk's idea is that batteries will power many large devices in the near future. Before wasting your money on a lottery ticket, spare a thought for the poor.

    There are more cases where the words are not synonyms, but I'll post these for now. I'll post more when I have more ideas.
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    #5

    Re: to approve one's idea.

    How can you native speakers discern between them? By experience?

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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 26-Jul-2016 at 22:12.

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    Re: to approve one's idea.

    You naturally know the vocabulary of your first language. I imagine that there are cases where English has only one word to express ideas that Turkish divides into two. My second language is French, so I know that two different French verbs translate as to know in English. Yet these two verbs are distinctly different in French. Conversely, English has three verbs - to say, to speak and to talk - that express a range of ideas that French expresses with two. It takes practice and exposure to internalize these things.
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