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    I used the word addicting yesterday and my friend (who is British,I am American) corrected me saying "Addicting? Don't you mean addictive?" I have thought about this all night! I researched this online and I feel that either word is correct. However, I have seen opposing views! I have also seen both words used within the same paragraph as if there is a distinction between the two. Can anyone help me! I hope I can reply to my friend that I was not using incorrect grammar! Thank you!

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    Default Re: Addictive/Addicting

    'Addictive' would be the natural choice for me:

    Heroin is addictive.
    I have, however, seen 'addicting used in this context- 'addicting computer games'.

    However, if the addiction were forced, you could say the following:

    Addicting someone to heroin is an appalling thing.

    The 'addictive' form would refer to the thing that has the potential to make someone addicted, whether they tale it or not, while 'addicting' would refer to the process, so it has a more restricted meaning. 'Addicting' is also uncommon:

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    Addictive- 4,570,000
    Addicting- 641,000


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    Default Re: Addictive/Addicting

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    'Addictive' would be the natural choice for me:

    Heroin is addictive.
    I have, however, seen 'addicting used in this context- 'addicting computer games'.

    However, if the addiction were forced, you could say the following:

    Addicting someone to heroin is an appalling thing.

    The 'addictive' form would refer to the thing that has the potential to make someone addicted, whether they tale it or not, while 'addicting' would refer to the process, so it has a more restricted meaning. 'Addicting' is also uncommon:

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    Addictive- 4,570,000
    Addicting- 641,000


    Addicting someone to heroin is an appalling thing.


    In that case it's a noun, not an adjective.

    I agree that "addictive" is more common and more suitable as an adjective than "addicting" for the most part.

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    Default Re: Addictive/Addicting

    I know, but I was giving a different use.

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    Default Re: Addictive/Addicting

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I know, but I was giving a different use.

    Oh, okay.

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