endure or tolerate

MingBei

Senior Member
Chinese
Hi,

"While the advantages of working in the city are self-evident, the drawbacks are also apparent. For one thing, the cost of living is much higher in cities; everything from food to clothing carries a steeper price tag than in rural areas. Furthermore, taking up a city job requires the ability to tolerate a variety of urban environmental problems, including traffic congestion, overcrowding, and high levels of air and noise pollution."

In the sentence, can I use "endure" to replace the "tolerate"?

Thank you
 
  • kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    I would say no. Endure is a similar idea to tolerate but it's a lot stronger. You endure starvation, or strong pain, or other serious things. You tolerate more minor things like traffic noise.
     
    < Previous | Next >
    Top