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    compel

    Dear teachers,
    The owner of a car is no longer forced to rely on public transportation and is therefore, not _____ to work locally.
    a. compelled b. restricted c. obliged
    The key is 'b'.
    As far as I know the correct usage of 'restrict' is 'to restrict somebody to something" or "to restrict soembody to doing something". According to these drills the sentence can be analyzed the following way:
    1. "Work" is a noun. So the sentence can be written this way:
    The owner of a car is no longer forced to rely on public transportation and is therefore, not restricted locally to work. Is that right?
    2. "Work" is a verb.
    So the sentence can be written this way:
    The owner of a car is no longer forced to rely on public transportation and is therefore, not restricted to working locally. Is that right?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.
    Jiang

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    Re: compel

    And I agree with your analisys. I'd be happier with a or c as answers.
    The choice of 'restricted' would require either your suggested new wording, or another rewording (to force an interpretation of "work" as a noun - such as '...resticted to local work.')

    b

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