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    To weather vs to surmount

    Hiya, I was wondering whether you could help.
    I need to complete the following sentence with one of the four options below:
    We managed to ................ the last economic depression by cutting down our workforce.
    a. weather b. surmount c. override d. float
    Apparently, the correct option is "weather" as in to survive a crisis. However, if "surmount" means to overcome a difficulty, why is it not correct?

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    Re: To weather vs to surmount

    Collocation. You weather a crisis or a storm or a depression: each of those things is a series of adverse events; you surmount some of them (individual events), triumph over some of them, barely tolerate some of the, are battered by some of them, but at least you survive.


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