Comparing with" different" and "distinct", are there any differences? As I was wrting and posting another question, I found this question. I wonder whether they are interchangable. In the past, when I used them, I just simply thought that one is formal and the other is informal. Am I right?
Apr 4, 2013 3:43 AM
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Hi Amanda, you can use the words "distinct" and "different" in both formal and informal situations actually. It's just that "distinct" is used less frequently. "Distinct" can be used to mean "different", but it is a "stronger" word and stresses that 2 things are not just different from each other, but that they have recognizable differences which make them unique and of different kinds. For instance... My house can be separated into 4 distinct spaces. vs. My house can be separated into 4 different spaces. When "different" is used, it just means that they are not the same. But when you use "distinct", it tells me that each of these 4 spaces have characteristics or features which make them very different and unique from each other.
April 4, 2013
Things that are different are not the same thing. Things that are distinct refer to objects which are clearly different from each other, possibly to the point of having little or nothing in common. It's more a matter of degree and obviousness.
April 4, 2013
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