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What is the difference between "a distinctive smell" and "a distinct smell"?
Aug 23, 2020 3:31 PM
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Distinctive = easy to recognize as being a particular thing. E.g., “The distinctive smell of burning rubber.” Distinct = strong enough to be obvious; not a faint smell. E.g., “In the house there was a distinct smell of food cooking.”
August 23, 2020
distinctive-characteristic of one person or thing, and so serving to distinguish it from others. distinct-recognizably different in nature from something else of a similar type. Use distinctive if you want to emphasize something being unique, use distinct when you want to emphasize something being different.
August 23, 2020
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