...a company to attract/deceive customers by telling them there are no...

Discussion in 'English Only' started by lokasseyve, Sep 20, 2015.

  1. lokasseyve Senior Member

    Mandarin
    Hi,
    It is unethical for a company to ( ) their customers by telling them there are no hidden fees.
    Choices:
    a) attract
    b) deceive

    This question is from a language magazine. The answer is b). I have no problem with the answer. But I don't understand why a) can't work here.

    Thank you so much.
     
  2. Parla Member Emeritus

    New York City
    English - US
    You're absolutely right. :thumbsup: Either of those words would make sense in that sentence.

    I guess that whoever wrote the question wasn't very well acquainted with English. :(
     
  3. Glenfarclas Senior Member

    Chicago
    English (American)
    Because it's not generally unethical to advertise that your service has no hidden fees. Also, "attract their customers" doesn't sound very idiomatic. They are not customers until they have been attracted, so "to attract customers" would sound far better. Thus the other answer is preferable in all respects.
     
  4. lokasseyve Senior Member

    Mandarin
    Thank you, Parla and Glenfarclas.
    I think, in everyday conversation, either can be used. But if it's on a test, b) is indeed preferred.
    I never thought that "their" alone can make any difference before. But now I know I still have so much to learn.
    :)
     

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