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    Default bad fiorm/ good condition. bad state - and people

    I heard someone say : I was in better condition yesterday. And hence the question:

    how do we use the word condition? I 've always thought it reffered to things like: This car is in very bad condition.

    and a person is more likely to say: I am in bad form today.

    I am on top form today.

    And a state is used in more serious contexts like : She was taken to a hospital in a very bad state.

    If someone here was so nice as to describe their state/ condition / form today in correct English, I would be so grateful.

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    Default Re: bad fiorm/ good condition. bad state - and people

    No, I would say "form" for a person is not more common than "condition." We often use condition, good physical condition, conditioning, for athletes. In your context, all are used, without much difference, though "state" for a medical patient is seen as more ephemeral.

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    Default Re: bad fiorm/ good condition. bad state - and people

    "condition' refers to a physical state:

    A doctor might report, " The patient's condition is stable/improving."

    'form' refers to ability, prowess - the state of an athlete or sports team with regard to their current standard of performance: The team is in great shape/top form."

    (Obviously, if someone has an injury, then they may be in no condition to play - a person cannot be in top form if they are trying to play with some kind of injury.)

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    Default Re: bad fiorm/ good condition. bad state - and people

    All right so I can say "I am in great condition today because I slept well last night?" and "I am in great form today" I 've also seen "to be on top form" ? Thank you!

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