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    Question "appropriate", "right" or "suitable"

    Hi there,

    Please tell me if "appropriate" is OK in the following:

    Write the answers in the appropriate boxes, using the necessary punctuation marks.
    (there is a table with questions written under the heading QUESTIONS on the left and empty boxes coming under ANSWERS on the right)
    The same for:
    Put a tick in the appropriate box. (or "right" box?)
    I need to know whether "appropriate and "right" are synonymous in these contexts.

    Thank you,

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    Re: "appropriate", "right" or "suitable"

    Appropriate means: "Suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc" The word 'appropriate' has the meaning 'right and suitable'.

    By the expression 'Tick the appropriate box' you mean 'the corresponding box to your question'. It is close to 'right box', but in these cases we use 'appropriate' and it gives the best understanding to the person(s) communicated; as mentioned above, it means: the right and suitable box.

    We use 'right' in the same way in other situations: e.g. He is the right man; ask him.

    I'm hopeful that if you go through some examples in the good dictionaries you'll get my point much clearly.
    Last edited by abdmlkbd; 22-Apr-2009 at 15:34.

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