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What is the different between stone and rock?

What is the different between stone and rock? I don't know how to look it different

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    They can be the same.
    "The boy thew a stone / a rock in the water."
    "They threw stones / rocks."

    If you are talking about the material of something, stone (without "a" ) is usually the choice.

    "The pedestal is made of stone."

     

    Adding to BRSwartz's answer...

    To my mind, "stone" suggests something solid and consistent, even smooth, whereas "rock" suggests something rough and unrefined.

    If I wished to sound more eloquent, I would choose "stone" - a strange exception, as usually the Latin-based words (such as "rock"!) are my first pick for eloquent speech.

    And what's doubly strange is that we spell the Germanic "stone" in a French way (silent 'e'), and the Latin "rock" in a Germanic fashion ('-ck').

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