Results 1 to 5 of 5
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Jun 2005
    • Posts: 62
    #1

    derange

    Hi teachers,

    I need your help!
    Here is a multiple choice quiz from an exam:

    This morning, train services throughout the area were _________ for several hours due to heavy snowfall overnight. Thousands of commuters were affected.
    1.displaced 2.deployed 3.deranged 4. disrupted

    To me, both deranged and disrupted seem right choices, but the answer in the book is just #4.
    Would you kindly tell me why #3 isn't correct?


    Kitty


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
    • Posts: 18
    #2

    Re: derange

    Quote Originally Posted by hellokitty View Post
    Hi teachers,

    I need your help!
    Here is a multiple choice quiz from an exam:

    This morning, train services throughout the area were _________ for several hours due to heavy snowfall overnight. Thousands of commuters were affected.
    1.displaced 2.deployed 3.deranged 4. disrupted

    To me, both deranged and disrupted seem right choices, but the answer in the book is just #4.
    Would you kindly tell me why #3 isn't correct?


    Kitty
    Hello hellokitty,

    My answer also will be #4, see the following difintions of both deranged and disrupted:

    de‧ranged /d"rendd/

    someone who is deranged behaves in a crazy or dangerous way, usually because they are mentally ill.




    dis‧rupt /ds"rpt/ [transitive]

    to prevent something from continuing in its usual way by causing problems.
    Pay attention to the underlined.

    I hope this would be clear to know why the answer is only #4.

    Good Luck


    • Join Date: May 2006
    • Posts: 1,335
    #3

    Re: derange

    Hellokitty,
    I guess it's a matter of collocation. to disrupt the service is a commonly used one; to derange the service evidently isn't. But, to tell the truth, it does not grate on my ears because my English is not good enough.
    Cheers

  1. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #4

    Re: derange

    I think derange once had a wider meaning than it has now (more like the French dranger). But nowadays it has the more limited meaning given by Fitness Lover (so it's a faux ami for French speakers)..

    b

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Jun 2005
    • Posts: 62
    #5

    Re: derange

    Thank you very much for answering my question!

    Love,
    Kitty

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •