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    contain v.emrace v. include v. involve

    I would like to get the nuances between related verbs via this self-made example sentece.

    Question: What would be the nuances between contain, embrace, include and involve when they are used in the following sentences?

    1) Because a large number of crimes involve firearms, now the politicians are debating if they should make an attempt to forbid firearms.

    2) Because a large number of crimes include firearms, now the politicians are debating if they should make an attempt to forbid firearms.

    3) Because a large number of crimes contain firearms, now the politicians are debating if they should make an attempt to forbid firearms.

    4) Because a large number of crimes embrace firearms, now the politicians are debating if they should make an attempt to forbid firearms.

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    #2

    Re: contain v.emrace v. include v. involve

    Only 'involve' is natural.

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    Re: contain v.emrace v. include v. involve

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Only 'involve' is natural.
    But please would you like to give a more detailed description why involve is the only natural one?

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    #4

    Re: contain v.emrace v. include v. involve

    If you look up the definitions of the words in two or three dictionaries at www.onelook.com, you'll be able to see for yourself why only 'involve' works.

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    Re: contain v.emrace v. include v. involve

    But here both include and embrace are synonyms.

    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us...nglish/involve

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    Re: contain v.emrace v. include v. involve

    They can be synonyms in certain cases. There are not many pairs of words which can be swapped in every case. For example, one common meaning of embrace is a synonym for hug, but include never means that.
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    Re: contain v.emrace v. include v. involve

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    They can be synonyms in certain cases. There are not many pairs of words which can be swapped in every case. For example, one common meaning of embrace is a synonym for hug, but include never means that.
    Yes, but I try to examine the verbs for a special case, an example sentence, in this thread. So we have nothing with hug. Please see #1.

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    Re: contain v.emrace v. include v. involve

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Yes, but I try to examine the verbs for a special case, an example sentence, in this thread. So we have nothing with hug. Please see #1.

    Thank you.
    None of the sentences that replace involve with a verb from the list of synonyms work. Each of those verbs can sometimes replace involve, but none of them can in this case.
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    Re: contain v.emrace v. include v. involve

    Being synonyms does not mean that words can be used interchangeably.
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    Re: contain v.emrace v. include v. involve

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Being synonyms does not mean that words can be used interchangeably.
    If so, what does being synonym mean?

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