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What term would correctly complete this sentence:

"The local official _ _ _ _ _ _ the Minister of the situation"

  1. explained
  2. warned
  3. apprised
  4. told

I am confused between "warned" and "apprised". Both seem right to me. Which one of these two is the answer and why?

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    "apprised" seems to be the correct word. he just informed him didn't he? Warn carries another meaning. – SovereignSun May 2 '17 at 9:44
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    There could be "a" situation where the local official "warns" the Minister of it. "Apprised" sounds right to me but "warned" doesn't seem wrong either. – Arishta May 2 '17 at 9:47
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    You apprise someone of something, but you warn someone about something. The difference is in the use of the appropriate preposition for the verb. – SteveES May 2 '17 at 10:14
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    @SovereignSun You're right, you can use "warn of", but you generally wouldn't in this context. Also "apprised ... of the situation" is an idiomatic phrase – SteveES May 2 '17 at 10:46
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    Because on a test where we have to pick "the most appropriate word," we have to go with the one that's more idiomatic. Dang these choose the best answer questions. – Teacher KSHuang May 2 '17 at 11:53
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It depends on context.

'Warned' would be used if the 'situation' was dangerous or threatening. "Apprised" simply means to inform and does not imply the need for immediate action.

For instance, if the 'situation' was that a fire had broken out in the town, then it would be: "The local official warned the Minister of the situation".

However, if the 'situation' was that a general task had been completed, then it would be: "The local official apprised the Minister of the situation".

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