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    chase away VS drive away

    Is there any difference in the usage of phrasal verbs ‘drive away’ and ‘chase away’ in those contexts:
    Two countries have united to drive the enemy away.
    We chased the elephants away by shooting into the air.
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    Re: chase away VS drive away

    In those contexts, no. There is a different usage of "drive away" which can't be replaced with "chase away". "I bought the car from a dealership and drove it away immediately".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: chase away VS drive away

    They seem interchangeable in these contexts, more so in the second one.
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    Re: chase away VS drive away

    So, if I got you right, in the sentence
    ‘Two countries have united to drive the enemy away.’
    the ‘drive away’ is more preferable, right?

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    Re: chase away VS drive away

    Quote Originally Posted by northpath View Post
    So, if I​'ve got you this right, in the sentence ‘Two countries have united to drive the enemy away, thedrive away’ is more preferable, right?
    See above.

    "Drive away" is probably more natural when talking about a war situation, as you seem to be but, if you were talking about actual soldiers (or similar) physically in contact with the opposing soldiers and forcing them to retreat, "chase away" would be OK.

    Note that we don't say "more preferable".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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