Share prices <regained/recovered> slightly in the afternoon


Chinese Anhui Dialect
Hi, all

Share prices recovered slightly in the afternoon.
Share prices regained slightly in the afternoon.

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All groups of sentences are adopted from my grammar test paper. The preferable usages given by keys are redden, but I am wondering why the blacked are unacceptable, now that they seem to me completely ok.

Thank you for your thoughts!
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  • Glenfarclas

    Senior Member
    English (American)
    "Regain" is strictly a transitive verb, that's why. "Recover" can be used both transitively and, as here, intransitively.
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