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EnglishFanatic92
Posted: Monday, March 5, 2018 5:12:27 PM
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Hello all!


According to this exercise:


http://img24.cz/images/54506906670636590328.jpg

.....it says that the correct answer is (well, there is more but I am after this one) c1 = comparative


So, the key says that comparative is the synonym to corresponding. However, no dictionary shows that and even the meaning does not seem to be either "the same" or similar in any context. What do you think? Do you agree? I don´t think that the book is correct here.

Thank you very much!
FounDit
Posted: Monday, March 5, 2018 5:47:09 PM

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EnglishFanatic92 wrote:
Hello all!


According to this exercise:


http://img24.cz/images/54506906670636590328.jpg

.....it says that the correct answer is (well, there is more but I am after this one) c1 = comparative


So, the key says that comparative is the synonym to corresponding. However, no dictionary shows that and even the meaning does not seem to be either "the same" or similar in any context. What do you think? Do you agree? I don´t think that the book is correct here.

Thank you very much!


I agree with the book. Looking at the words, "correspond" and "compare", we see a similarity in meaning:

Correspond refers to similarity in form, nature, function, character, or structure

Compare - To consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous

So the adjective form of "compare", being "comparative" works well with "correspond".



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Hope123
Posted: Monday, March 5, 2018 10:24:29 PM

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Comparable (adj) is similar or equivalent.

Corresponding (adj) is parallel or equivalent.

Comparative (adj) is denoting or involving comparison or judged by comparison; relative:

My vote is for comparable.



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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 5:05:18 AM

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Yes - it does not say "Find adjective forms of a-f which mean exactly the same as 1 - 6."
It just says they have to match.

In the two sets [table, chair, car] and [desk, stool, bus], "table" is comparable to "desk" and "car" is comparable to "bus".
"Table" and "desk" are corresponding items, and "car" and "bus" are corresponding items.

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EnglishFanatic92
Posted: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 5:01:57 PM
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Thank you!

So comparable is an option too? That´s what I originally used.

Maybe it wouldn´t be so confusing if they used correspond instead of corresponding if they wanted me to "match it" with compare.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 2:45:36 AM

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Ah! It's a double test.

The first test is to find the word with a similar basic meaning.
The second test is 'finding the adjectival form' of that word.

If you start with 'corresponding', the only word in (a) - (f) which is concerning 'looking at the relationship between two things' is "compare".
There are three adjectival forms - "comparing", "comparable" and "comparative". "Comparing" is almost never used - it would mean the same as "comparative" usually.

As Hope says, "comparable" is the one with the most similar concept to "corresponding".

I didn't look at your original answer (it was not simple to read upside-down).
However - yes - I agree with your original answer!

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