The word best replace "evacuated"


Which word can best replace the word "evacuated" in this sentence:


Several residents were evacuated to the nearest police stations.


A. transferred

B. shifted

C. moved


Hope can elaborate why the word can use or can't use to replace the word "evacuated.


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Though all of these words indicate movement from one place to another, they have different meanings.  I cannot guess which one is the best replacement unless I know the context.


When someone is evacuated, it means they were removed from a dangerous place or situation and placed somewhere safe.  An example is when there is an uncontrolled forest fire getting close to a neighborhood. 


When a person is transferred, there is movement from one place to a similar place. One might be transferred from a local jail to a state prison, or from one university to another. 


Shifting is usually a smaller movement.   A nervous person might shift in their seat.  The students in a dormatory might be shifted around to different rooms, switching roommates. 


Moved covers a wider range of meaning, indicating any sort of movement including all of the above.

link answered Jul 27 '12 at 03:25 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

The patient was shifted to the hospital or transferred to the hospital. Ma'am, which is correct?

sanjayJul 27 '12 at 08:38

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