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Hello.

I would like to ask you on the usage of the verb, force.
Do you think that it is possible for force to take inanimate objects?

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a. The economic fallout of changes in the media has forced diversity to be put aside, leaving the public with an "echo chamber of tweeters and bloggers talking to each other," Tokumatsu said. (The Japan Times: Friday, April 9, 2010

b.She forced her voice to be strong. (Wordbank Us Written)

c.This ”moving fat” effect has been noticed on American liposuction patients and some surgions think that, because fat cells have been revomoved from one area, any new fat the patient puts on is froced to move to cells in areas that were previosly slim. (Wordbank UK Written)

Does the verb in (1) denote the same meaning as force used with animate objects?

(2)Government troops have forced the rebels to surrender. (LDOCE)

Thank you.
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AnonymousDo you think that it is possible for force to take inanimate objects?
Yes, of course. I forced the door open. I forced the lid onto the pot.

Anonymoushas forced diversity to be put aside
Because of the passive (to be put) this is a way of saying has forced people to put diversity aside.

AnonymousShe forced her voice to be strong.
This is a way of saying She forced herself to speak with a strong voice.

Anonymousany new fat the patient puts on is forced to move to ...
This is a way of representing an inevitable chemical-physical effect. You might say that the cells are being personified in order to make the explanation easier to understand. Such metaphoric talk is common when explaining scientific phenomena.

AnonymousDoes the verb in (1) denote the same meaning as force used with animate objects?
The meanings are as explained above.

AnonymousGovernment troops have forced the rebels to surrender.
This is a typical case of forcing people to do something.

CJ
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Thank you for your reply.

Are the following sentences taking inanimate objects acceptable?

(1)I forced Sam’s proposal to be rejected by the committee.

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I forced the earthquake to destroy the city.

(3)I forced the election to be a landslide. (Soames and Perlmutter 1979:469)

(4)They forced it to rain.

(5)They forced to better care to be taken of the orphans by passing new laws.

Thank you.