give rise to/bring about

HolyUnicorn

Senior Member
Mandarin / the Shanghai Dialect
I am a night owl because the quiet of the night gives rise to reflection.

Could I replace "give rise to" with "bring about" here ?

I know that your time is valuable and I appreciate your attention.
 
  • Nickle Sydney

    Senior Member
    Even though I'm not a native speaker I do not see why "brings about" wouldn't work in your sentence. Both "gives rise to" and "brings about" sound understandable to me. I'd go for "gives rise to" though, as it sounds more beautiful.
     

    HolyUnicorn

    Senior Member
    Mandarin / the Shanghai Dialect
    Lingobingo and Boris Tatarenko, I certainly agree with you both.

    What is the nuance of this phrase that makes " give rise to" sound beautiful in this context?
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It’s a nice turn of phrase. It implies that the small hours provide a peaceful atmosphere conducive to reflection.
     
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