persisted / continued

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Does persist have the same meaning like continue? please see the following context:

2011 witnessed a slight recovery for the paper industry compared with 2011. There has been no solution for the documented disputes, and the same problems persisted / continued along 2012 and until the time this project was carried out.

Please advise.
  • rhitagawr

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    British English
    You could use either here. However, persisted has an extra idea of stubbornness or perseverance. Here there's an emphasis on people's inability to solve the problems. The government persisted with its policy of sending people to prison even though this did not lead to a fall in the crime rate. The medical scientists persisted with their experiments until they had found a cure for the disease.
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