The discovery <caused> the kind of society...

Akasaka

Senior Member
Japanese
Hello members,
Here is a quiz from my grammar drill.
The discovery that coal could be burned (  ) the kind of industrial society in which we live.
(1) enable (2) made possible (3) caused (4) came into being
The answer is (2), which I can understand. But is (3) also possible? If not, why?

Thanks in advance.
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    Hello, Akasaka. The discovery that coal could be burned was essential for the development of industrial society, but it didn't cause industrial society all by itself. Many other things were also necessary.
     
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