performance was <lessened / reduced> by a weak violin section.

Discussion in 'English Only' started by JJJenifer, May 3, 2015.

  1. JJJenifer Senior Member

    Hi, Everyone,

    For the following sentence, I will choose "lessoned" to be the answer for the blank,
    but "reduced" or even "marred" seems correct, too.

     The performance of Beethoven's fifth symphony was ...2/4........
      by a weak violin section.
      (1) harmed (2) lessoned (3) marred (4) reduced

    Which is correct one?

    Thank you in advance.
  2. stez

    stez Senior Member

    english - australia
    It should be 'lessened', not 'lessoned'. I would choose (3), 'marred' meaning spoiled or ruined.
  3. JJJenifer Senior Member

    Thank you, stez.

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