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    Can you tell the nuance between the 2 sentences?(2 groups)

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    key: We are going to look into the matter
    ME: We will survey the matter



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    from the textbook: Some of the rescue workers and doctors were trapped under the ruins
    ME:Some of the rescue workers and doctors were trapped in the ruins





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    Re: Can you tell the nuance between the 2 sentences?(2 groups)

    We are going to look into the matter.
    We will survey the matter.



    Some of the rescue workers and doctors were trapped under the ruins. <earthquake>
    Some of the rescue workers and doctors were trapped in the ruins.

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    Re: Can you tell the nuance between the 2 sentences?(2 groups)



    A few further comments:

    Typical objects of the verb 'survey' are buildings, landscapes, accident damage .... There is also an archaic usage with the sense 'look at and contemplate', exemplified in the hymn that even I (not a churchgoer) know: "When I survey the wond'rous Cross..." - this doesn't involve taking precise measurements, as an architect might do when surveying a building... You can also survey people, in the sense of 'assess by means of a survey/questionnaire'

    For the earthquake case, "under" is necessary to show that fallen masonry is what is responsible for the trapping. If a tourist was visiting the Forum, and didn't get out before the guards locked up for the night, s/he would be 'trapped in the ruins' - there, the slow decadence of the ruins has nothing to do with the trapping.

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