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    Choose the right answer

    Hello!
    Help me please to choose the right answer.

    Unemployment figures have ... since the last election.

    a. lifted b. raised c. flown d. soared

    a, b, d have not got a differnce for me (soared seems to mean a stronger raising).

    Thanks in advance!


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    Re: Choose the right answer

    The words "lift" and "raise" are "transitively" used, so "a. lifted" and "b. raised" are not appropriate here.

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    Re: Choose the right answer

    I think I understood.

    So the sentence has the following view: Unemployment figures have soared since the last election.

    But could transitive verbs be used in the passive?

    Unemployment figures have been raised (lifted) since the last election.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Choose the right answer

    Quote Originally Posted by greegorush View Post
    I think I understood.

    So the sentence has the following view: Unemployment figures have soared since the last election.

    But could transitive verbs be used in the passive?

    Unemployment figures have been raised (lifted) since the last election.

    Thanks!
    'To raise' and 'to lift' are synonyms. We usually raise something physical, like a cat, a child, a box.

    On the other hand, 'to soar' is synonym with 'to rise' (not raise).
    Prices and taxes rise monthly.
    You rose late today = you woke up late.

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    Re: Choose the right answer

    So, transitive verbs can't be used in the passive! Right?

    Sorry for stupidity. I'm just beginning to get mixed up learning the passive.

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