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    The word "suitable" is closet in meaning to:

    Hi, in the following question, related to a TOEFL exam, I cannot understand why D is correct. In the reading, we can read that "most of the petroleum ... eventually makes its way" this means that this trap is not permanent. So, I think that B is a better answer for the question, but the book say that D is correct!! Would you please explain why I am wrong? Thank you.

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    The word "suitable" is closet in meaning to:
    A) noticeable B) permanent C) protected D) appropriate

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    Re: The word "suitable" is closet in meaning to:

    You are wrong because permanent is not close in meaning to 'suitable'. 'Appropriate' and 'suitable' can have similar meanings.

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    Re: The word "suitable" is closet in meaning to:

    I know based on the definition of "suitable" in dictionary, D is correct. But some of my friends previously advice me that to solve this question, I mean asking the meaning of a word, we should focus on the sentence and think that "what does mean this word in this sentence and not in the dictionary?" Do you mean that those friends are wrong? We should not focus on sentence? We should only focus on the meaning in dictionaries?

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    Re: The word "suitable" is closet in meaning to:

    The word 'suitable' in that sentence does not mean 'permanent'. The word 'suitable' never means anything remotely like 'permanent'.

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    Re: The word "suitable" is closet in meaning to:

    In the sentence, we read this: "most of the petroleum ... does not find a suitable trap and eventually makes its way". When petroleum makes its way, it means that petroleum flee from that trap. So, it means that trap is not permanent and so "suitable" can means "permanent". Why is this conclusion wrong?

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    Re: The word "suitable" is closet in meaning to:

    Suitable does not mean permanent!

    A suitable trap may be permanent, and a permanent trap may be suitable, but that does not mean that the two words have the same meaning.

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    Re: The word "suitable" is closet in meaning to:

    Piscean has given a correct, clear and definitive answer. I'm closing this thread.

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