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    use vs usage

    Hello all,

    I am wondering whether there is a difference between the use of the words use and usage. I believe that their meaning is the same and i have heard people using them interchangeably. However, there are others who avoid using the word usage and i was wondering whether this due to a difference in meaning or a language dependent thing (e.g. American english vs british english)

    thanks a lot in advance!

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    Re: use vs usage

    Not a teacher.
    I think "use" means the state of being used while "usage" means the way, the fact, the amount of sth being used

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    Re: use vs usage

    interesting.. but i am afraid it doesn't answer clearly of how/when should i use it...

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    Re: use vs usage

    For example:The software is designed for use in school.
    They don't know the software's usage.
    I simply understand that "usage" is used to emphasize the characteristics of sth and "use" is used to talk about whether sth is being used.

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