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歆霏Hermione
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"suitable" & "appropriate" Are these two sentences correct? If so, which is better? The word "好像" is more suitable for this sentence. It is more appropriate to use "好像" in this sentence.
Sep 3, 2019 3:44 PM
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Both of these are fine, in this context. In broader usage, the word "suitable" tends to refer to the ability of something to perform a task, and how well it can therefore be achieved. "A plumber is the most suitable person to deal with a burst pipe" or "Between a fork and a spoon, the latter is more suitable for drinking soup". "Appropriate" speaks more to social mores, and appropriateness can be a matter of opinion. "That outfit is not appropriate for a gala ball!" or "You need to have the appropriate tone of voice when talking to elders". Looking at the antonyms: 'unsuitable' is fairly neutral, whereas 'inappropriate' carries a negative tone. Please message me if you have any further questions on this nuance. ^_^
September 3, 2019
Both examples are correct. You can use either one in this context.
September 3, 2019
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