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    Multiple Choice

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    Although the following words ( beneficial, viable, sustainable) have a different meaning, they all seem to be the appropriate gap-fillers in these sentences:
    1. This is not a _______ option
    2. I think this was ________for all of us
    3. An increase of 8 % would not be ________

    Are they interchangeable and the sentences still make sense?
    AuthorMILA15 Dec 05, 11:56
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    I think so
    #1AuthorBirdie15 Dec 05, 13:16
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    Fairly interchangeable, but slightly different meanings

    beneficial - of benefit to someone/something
    viable - possible/workable
    sustainable - good for now, but cannot be maintained in the long term

    Specific examples:
    1. This is not a _______ option
    beneficial - it is not in our interests (but it would work)
    viable - it is unworkable (although it might be in our interests if it was workable)
    Sustainable - we can achieve this short term, but we cannot maintain such a thing long term

    2. I think this was ________for all of us
    beneficial - it did us all good
    viable - I personally don't think this makes any sense in this sentence. If the sentence was 'I think this _is_ viable for all of us' then it means something we can do in the future that will work for all of us
    sustainable - again I don't think this word would be used in this sentence

    3. An increase of 8 % would not be ________
    beneficial - it would not help us
    viable - it is not possible that an 8% increase can be achieved
    sustainable - we can achieve an 8% increase, but it would not last and later it will go down (i.e. could still be a 5% increase on what we had before, but we cannot keep it at 8%)
    #2Authorroot15 Dec 05, 13:27
     
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