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    cost vs taken

    Violence in this factory has cost/taken five lives.

    Which verb should I use?

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: cost vs taken

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Violence in this factory has cost/taken five lives.

    Which verb should I use?

    Thank you very much.
    In my opinion, "cost" is the best answer.
    Btw, you can say "Careless driving could cost you your life"
    Hope this helps...I'm not a teacher..^^

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    Re: cost vs taken

    Violence in the factory has claimed five lives.
    This would be perfect.

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    #4

    Re: cost vs taken

    I agree. "Claimed' is the better word.

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    Re: cost vs taken

    I'm going to vote for taken, not just because I'm a contrarian (which I am), but because taken is a much more forceful verb than claimed or cost. When I am describing something like violence causing deaths, I like to use verbs that express force. Words like cost or claimed are euphemisms that journalists use to mitigate the horror of a violent, deadly event.

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