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    What a relief to see that you are prone to the ' usage ' instead :)

    When people don't use what you are using, it seems that something is wrong somewhere. :P

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    A simple way of explaining usage is that it is the way people use words. As for use, I am not sure how to explain that. The only thing I know for sure is that they are not the same thing.

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    There have been helpful responses on both threads. Read this: http://forums.delphiforums.com/n/mb/...ry&msg=15151.5

    Now tell me what you think.

    Also: http://forums.delphiforums.com/Using...ges?msg=6167.2

    :)

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    I like Trep's explanation best.

    Use is the selection of a word or words; usage is the way in which they are used.
    http://forums.delphiforums.com/n/mb/...ry&msg=15151.5

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I like Trep's explanation best.

    Use is the selection of a word or words; usage is the way in which they are used.
    http://forums.delphiforums.com/n/mb/...ry&msg=15151.5
    I agree most with this explanation. It sort of clears the mess. So for example : " This gadget has many usages " is better than " uses " ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I like Trep's explanation best.

    Use is the selection of a word or words; usage is the way in which they are used.
    http://forums.delphiforums.com/n/mb/...ry&msg=15151.5
    I agree most with this explanation. It sort of clears the mess. So for example : " This gadget has many usages " is better than " uses " ?
    Neither grammar nor linguistics are involved* when talking about the uses that a gadget might be put to. When the subject is words I talk about usage. When we are talking about gadgets I talk about their uses.


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    *They are, but not in the same way.

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    This should help. I think it is a pretty good explanation. Go to: http://forums.delphiforums.com/Using...es?msg=6167.19

    I think MNY explains it quite well. Look at the examples he offers. I think they are quite helpful.

    Tell him I sent you.

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