"government forced to reconstruct the old apartment."

"government ordered to reconstruct the old apartment."

which one is more natural between somebody "forced to reconstruct ..." or "order to reconstruct ..."? Or is it more natural if I make "the apartment" a subject? as in

"the old apartment is forced to be reconstructed."

"the old apartment was chosen as ..."

Or is there any other verb that fits here?

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    You are missing was or someone: The government was forced to reconstruct the old apartment due to health reasons or The government forced the landlord to reconstruct the old apartment due to health reasons
    – mplungjan
    Dec 4, 2017 at 17:24

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Both are equally natural but mean different things.

Force implies some kind of coercion:

Their mother forced the the boys to clean up their rooms (threatening to take away their cell phones if they didn't).

Order implies some kind of authoritative statement.

The court ordered the boys to clean up the damage to their neighbor's yard from their "prank".

If the government didn't want to reconstruct the apartment, they might have had to be forced to do it. If some higher authority required it of them, then you can say the government was ordered to do it.

Synonyms for "ordered": commanded, directed, instructed, mandated, requested, told, warned, charged, and others.

Synonyms for "forced": compelled, demanded, obliged, pressured, required, coerced, strong-armed, and others.

Some of these, like commanded or mandated, include both definitions.

  • Oh i think I chose the wrong word. I didn't know how to use "force" properly. What I wanted to write was "the apartment was forced to be reconstructed (by the government.", not "the government was ordered or forced to do that." Then should I write like "if my apartment is forced to be reconstructed, i'll be kicked out..." ?
    – dbwlsld
    Dec 5, 2017 at 10:13
  • @dbwlsld Either way. "Force" implies coercion so it's appropriate if 1) you don't want to do it, and 2) there is some kind of penalty or threat if you don't.
    – Andrew
    Dec 5, 2017 at 16:43

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