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    Boost vs heighten vs lift

    In the following multiple-choice exercise:
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    A lift B encourage C heighten D boost
    I know the correct answer is "boost" but I was wondering what makes "lift" and "heighten" incorrect, as they also mean "increase". Thank you

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    Re: Boost vs heighten vs lift

    I think your running into idiomatic phrases. As a life-long speaker of English I would choose "boost" as the most natural co-location. All of the words can be used, but the intructions probaly ask for "the best" expression.

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