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Hello,

In a task, it has been required to put the expressions (1) & (2) in the right gap.

(1) the will to
(2) a desire to


A- I definitely have the warrior gene. As a child, I always had a feeling of anxiety and dread before my football matches, and now, before a big presentation, I always feel ____________ run away.

B- I'm not a worrier, but I hate contests and competitions I guess I just don't have ____________win.


My answer was both (1) & (2) could be used in both (A) and (B). But the correction was as follows, and I can't understand why specifically (1) with (A) and (2) with (B).


The answer:

A- I definitely have the warrior gene. As a child, I always had a feeling of anxiety and dread before my football matches, and now, before a big presentation, I always feel a desire to run away.

B- I'm not a worrier, but I hate contests and competitions I guess I just don't have  the will to win.



Thank you in advance.

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Hello,

Yes,  it was a mistake.

A. 2

B. 1

But I can't understand the reason. For me, both (1) and (2) could be used in (A) and (B) interchangeably.



Except if it is because of the articles A and THE:


1. A desire to (a general and not specific desire that can happen every time before a presentation)
2. THE will to (we are precising which will - THE will to win)

@Meriem posted:

Yes,  it was a mistake.

A. 2

B. 1

But I can't understand the reason. For me, both (1) and (2) could be used in (A) and (B) interchangeably.

Except if it is because of the articles A and THE:

1. A desire to (a general and not specific desire that can happen every time before a presentation)
2. THE will to (we are precising which will - THE will to win)

It is partly because of the article and partly due to the verb that collocates with each noun: you feel a desire to do something, and you have the will to do something.

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