rioting and riot

ironman2012

Senior Member
Chinese
Hi,

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe yesterday met with opposition leaders as French President Emmanuel Macron sought a way to defuse nationwide protests over high living costs that led to widespread rioting in Paris over the weekend and are hurting the economy.

(This comes from taipeitimes.com French officials seek way out of protest crisis on Dec 04, 2018.)

Since there is a noun "riot", can I use "riot" here? If not, what is the difference between "riot" and "rioting"?

Thanks in advance!
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    No, that wouldn’t work in that sentence. The protests took the form of (rather than led to!) not a single riot but people rioting – in various areas, as conveyed by the adjective widespread.


    cross-posted and agreeing
     
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