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what is the difference between cautious and careful which one is closer with opposite meaning of "clumsy" for instance A: you are such a clumsy (when I spilled something) B: don't be so hard on me I barely spill it I am basically ( careful / cautious )
Jul 17, 2019 2:51 AM
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Careful is the better choice in this context. Cautious and careful are synonyms, but imply different things. With both, you are taking care not to do anything wrong, but with 'cautious' there is more the sense you are anxious about making a mistake or fear the consequences of making a mistake. For instance, if I said I approached the edge of the cliff 'cautiously', there is a strong hint I fear making a mistake and falling. If I said I approached the cliff edge 'carefully', I am only saying I do not want to make a mistake. I am not saying so much that I fear the consequence of making a mistake.
July 17, 2019
A. You are so clumsy! B. Give me a break. I was being careful and only spilled a few drops.
July 17, 2019
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