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I confuse between verbs arrange and set up. I feel there are some situations that these two meanings fit. There are several meanings of both arrange and set up.
1. "Set up the books on the shelves in chronical order"
2. "Arrange the books on the shleves in chronical order."
Are these two sentences just the same in meaning, i.e exactly the same in meaning?
I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.
What do you think about 3. "Put the books on the shelves in chronological order."
What's a chronological order of books? Do you mean alphabetical order?
- arrange = put elements into a particular order
- set up = arrange elements, in order to prepare to do something with those elements
You set up chess pieces on a chessboard in preparation for a game.
But it is off-topic for this tread because in my last post, I was questioning verb to put and its relation to the verbs to arrange and to set up along with the context. So it is not important to deal the example with alphebetical order or with chronological order. So lets think of these three:
1) Put the books on the shelves in chronological order.
2) Set up the books on the shelves in chronological order.
3) Arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order.
What is the difference among these sentences, are they identical in meaning ie do they have the same meaning? Or which of them are natural or idiomatic?
I had a teacher at my university who grouped his books chronologically- grouping them by period - and then placed them in alphabetical order within the different periods. It seems logical to me- he had his medieval books together, in A-Z order, and his modern books separately the same way.
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