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Salam,
Dear Johnathan,
There is a test ,but I think two different correct answers, one says Record (choice4) and the second says Release (choice3). Which one can be the best and why?

His job is to count and ................ the number of people who were hurt or killed during the quake.
1) remove   2) research   3) release   4) record

Regards.
A.Zahiri

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Salam Akbar,

I can see how this question would seem like a trap. I definitely understand your logic in thinking that choice 3 might be viable. In this case, the answer would be #4: Record. A researcher will gather data (by counting in this case) and then record their findings. If you were operating on the assumption that this person was a medical worker or something similar then I can see how "release" might seem appropriate. However, if you examine the fact that he is counting the number of those people who were injured and killed, then release makes less sense. While you might be able to release injured people back to their homes, it would be more difficult to release people who are deceased in the same context. The most logical answer is record.

I hope this helps!

Kind Regards,
-Johnathan  

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I can answer a broad range of questions about both academic and creative writing. I can answer questions about APA format, research and references, essay structure and more. I am particularly helpful in the areas of character development, storyline development, etc. and I can provide authors with an array of tools to help them organize their work.

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I minored in English for my Bachelor's degree. I have also written several books and I run a small publishing company (before you ask, we're not accepting submissions at this time). I have written both fiction and non-fiction books and I have been published in newspapers and written articles for major internet websites.

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MS, Educational Psychology, BS Psychology (English minor)

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