Respond,reply and answer. What is the difference between these 3 words? When can we use them or cant
Sep 16, 2018 10:21 PM
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When a question is asked, any word or action in return is an "ANSWER". However, an answer in the form of a STATEMENT is a "reply". That is why people use "reply" more when writing. For example, businesses make written "replies" to questions from customers. Technically, a "response" is the REACTION to an urgent question or an appeal. For example, you would "respond" to a cry for help or "respond" to criticism. Hope this helps
September 16, 2018
In addition to the points Naomi makes, here are some other differences: 1. In some contexts, “answer” means to attempt to provide information that is being asked for. In contrast, a response or a reply may simply be “I don’t know the answer” or some other response that is not an attempt to answer the question. Example: “The teacher asked three students ‘What is the square root of 49? One student answered correctly, and the second student answered the question incorrectly. The third student did not even try to answer, but simply said “I don’t care about math.’” 2. “Reply” is always verbal, but “respond” can be non-verbal. Example: “He didn’t reply to my statement. He just responded with a shrug of his shoulders.”
September 17, 2018
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