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    Hi,

    Question:
    If one person said “house price is too high” but another person said “house price is not high”, can I say:

    Their explanations are contradictory?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: contradictory

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Question:
    If one person said “house price is too high” but another person said “house price is not high”, can I say:

    Their explanations are contradictory?

    Thanks
    Yes, and no! Contradictory is a perfectly good word for 2 statements that give opposite ideas. However, the example you give doesn't give 2 opposing views.

    The house price is high/the house price is not high = opposites.
    The house price is too high/the house price is not high enough = opposites.

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    Default Re: contradictory

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Question:
    If one person said “house price is too high” but another person said “house price is not high”, can I say:

    Their explanations are contradictory?

    Thanks
    I wouldn't say these statements (not 'explanations') were contradictory. Given that each statement is an individual evaluation of the house's price, they are both correct statements of the person's opinion.
    I would say that the two people disagreed rather than contradicted each other.

    However, the context is important.

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