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Violence in this factory has cost/taken five lives.
Which verb should I use?
Thank you very much.
Violence in the factory has claimed five lives.
This would be perfect.
I agree. "Claimed' is the better word.
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.