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umamahesh_m16
Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 11:24:03 AM

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You should act in advance to relieve the problem
You should act in advance to relieve from the problem

Which one is correct ?
georgieporgie
Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:59:35 PM
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Neither is correct. "Relieve" refers to something that is already occurring. "Acting in advance" means the thing hasn't started yet.

Perhaps you meant to avoid the problem (so that it doesn't start).
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 1:20:28 PM

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The first sentence is correct. We relieve a problem, and seek relief from a problem.
We can argue all day about using "avoid" instead of relieve, but I don't think that is the question being asked.
Romany
Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 1:32:40 PM
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I rather think GeorgyP has a point, though?

One really can't "relieve" something before it happens, surely? A drawing agent will relieve a boil, but it can't be applied in advance of the boil actually appearing. Seeking advice about a problem can relieve our anxieties - but we can't seek advice before the problem appears.

I found that I agree with him that neither question is a valid one.
NKM
Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 2:01:08 PM

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Timing aside, I don't really like that use of "relieve" anyway.

If I have had a problem and my problem has been solved, then I am the one who is relieved. The problem was not suffering, and it does not feel relief.

shass
Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 4:09:24 PM
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Here in the UK as we head toward winter dredging of rivers has begun to relieve the problem of flooding.
Now there is a problem that needs relieving. -Wordweb- Lessen the intensity of.
georgieporgie
Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 4:42:33 PM
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shass wrote:
Here in the UK as we head toward winter dredging of rivers has begun to relieve the problem of flooding.
Now there is a problem that needs relieving. -Wordweb- Lessen the intensity of.

Before the flooding occurs there is no flooding, no flooding problem, and no problem to relieve. There is only a risk of flooding or potential flooding. The thing that can be relieved at this time is the risk of flooding.

Before a thing occurs there is only the possibility or the risk of it occurring, and that's all you can relieve at that time.
shass
Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 4:14:50 AM
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"Before the flooding occurs there is no flooding, no flooding problem, and no problem to relieve. There is only a risk of flooding or potential flooding. The thing that can be relieved at this time is the risk of flooding.

Before a thing occurs there is only the possibility or the risk of it occurring, and that's all you can relieve at that time."

Georgieporgie, you are being pedantic. The extract from a newspaper refers to an ongoing flood situation that occurs every winter in the particular place they referred to, and was flooded at the time.
palapaguy
Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 11:01:06 AM

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Georgieporgie, you are being pedantic. The extract from a newspaper refers to an ongoing flood situation that occurs every winter in the particular place they referred to, and was flooded at the time.

Not pedantic in a negative sense, but factually, logically correct.
Before any actual flooding occurs there is no "problem" to relieve. The only "problem" that exists at that time is the "problem" that flooding may occur. That can not be relieved because it hasn't occurred yet. The word "relieved" is wrong in that scenario.

If it was "flooded at the time," that changes the scenario.
NKM
Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2017 3:44:54 PM

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I still don't like hearing "relieve" to mean "alleviate".

umamahesh_m16
Posted: Friday, November 17, 2017 2:30:05 AM

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