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    to eradicate a support

    I would like to ask you about a phrase best explaining the situation. One of the explanation of it is this sentence: In the early 1980s the military began destroying entire villages in an attempt to eradicate civilian support for Leftist guerillas.

    But I have searched a few minutes ago and concluded that eradicate and support do not make much collocation and that there might be a better verb for this situation.

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/eradicate Thank you.
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    Re: to eradicate a support

    It seems fine to me.
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    Re: to eradicate a support

    What is the source of the quote? The link you provided does not show it, even when I delete 'Thank'.

    Your title should not include the word 'a'.

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    Re: to eradicate a support

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    What is the source of the quote? The link you provided does not show it, even when I delete 'Thank'.

    Your title should not include the word 'a'.
    I admit somethin is a little strange. First click the link, then there are word offers, click eradicate there again and at last scroll down and see the sentence.

    Thank you.

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    Re: to eradicate a support

    The sentence is fine. Of course there are other verbs that could be substituted, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are better choices.

    You seem to remain fixated on the idea that there is only one correct definition for any given word, and that consequently there is only one 'best choice' for any given sentence.

    Vocabulary choices are like spices in your food. Clearly there are some combinations that don't work, but there are also many equally flavorful combinations. One person may choose paprika over cumin, but that doesn't meant paprika is better for every cook.
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    Re: to eradicate a support

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    The sentence is fine. Of course there are other verbs that could be substituted, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are better choices.

    You seem to remain fixated on the idea that there is only one correct definition for any given word, and that consequently there is only one 'best choice' for any given sentence.

    Vocabulary choices are like spices in your food. Clearly there are some combinations that don't work, but there are also many equally flavorful combinations. One person may choose paprika over cumin, but that doesn't meant paprika is better for every cook.
    What could be other fine sentences that convey the intended idea?

    Thank you.

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    Re: to eradicate a support

    ... wipe out civilian support ...
    ... destroy civilian support ...
    ... end civilian support ...
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: to eradicate a support

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    ... wipe out civilian support ...
    ... destroy civilian support ...
    ... end civilian support ...
    How are these: cut off civilian support, cut down civilian support, stop civilian support ?

    Thank you.

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    Re: to eradicate a support

    "Cut off" suggests that the support will still exist but it won't reach the guerillas.
    "Cut down" means "reduce" so it changes the meaning of the sentence.
    "Stop" is OK though it doesn't feel as forceful as the others.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: to eradicate a support

    Here are some others. Not all of them have necessarily the same sense of destructiveness or thoroughness. Some work better than others. Pick your favorite flavor.

    abolish civilian support
    annihilate civilian support
    demolish civilian support
    decimate civilian support
    do away with civilian support
    erase civilian support
    expunge civilian support
    extinguish civilian support
    grind out civilian support
    grind down civilian support
    obliterate civilian support
    purge civilian support
    root out civilian support
    rub out civilian support
    scratch out civilian support
    scrub out civilian support
    squash civilian support
    stamp out civilian support
    stomp out civilian support
    torpedo civilian support
    uproot civilian support
    weed out civilian support
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