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Hi everyone,

Talking about a musician which one would sound better choise?

a) How many records did he break/hold?

b) How many records did he sell?

Your help is highly appreciated,

Iman
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imantaghaviTalking about a musician which one would sound better choice?
a) How many records did he break/hold?
b) How many records did he sell?
They are all fine, but you have to realize that the meaning of "record" is different in a) and b).

CJ
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Yes CJ.

Thank you very much.

But would you please kindly explain the differences between them?

I just encountered the question and the italicized parts are my own guesses as the right collocations for records.

What else can be infered?

Thank you in advance,

Iman
record - an attested top performance; an unsurpassed statistic

You can 'hold' or 'break' this kind of record.

record - something on which sound or visual images have been recorded; specifically : a disc with a spiral groove carrying recorded sound for phonograph reproduction

You call 'sell' this kind of record. And since it is a physical object, you can also, of course, 'hold' it or 'break' it, but not in the same sense as you hold or break the statistical kinds of records.

You can check it out at www.merriam-webster.com

CJ
Dear CJ,

Thank you very much for your time and concern.

Regards,

Iman
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