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The police officer keeps firing at the man. Suddenly his gun runs out of bullets. He reaches into his bag, takes out another gun and resumes/continues firing at the man.

Is "resumes" more fitting than "continues" here because he stopped shooting when he ran out of bullets?

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  • His gun runs out of bullets (plural). Aug 18, 2020 at 10:03
  • Have you compared the meanings of "resume" and "continue" in a dictionary? Aug 18, 2020 at 11:11
  • I have, but I'm still not sure. Especially about "continue".
    – user118626
    Aug 18, 2020 at 11:25
  • To resume is to continue after an interval of time; you can use either. Aug 18, 2020 at 11:39

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From Cambridge Dictionary:

Continue:

to start to do something again after a pause

Resume:

If an activity resumes, or if you resume it, it starts again after a pause:

They both mean to start again after a pause, so they can be used interchangeably. However, continue is used more frequently in our lives.

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