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    economic/al

    hi,

    What is the difference in meaning between these two words:

    economic
    economical

    Thanks for your help !

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    Re: economic/al

    Hi,
    They are both adjectives.


    ec·o·nom·ic   
    –adjective
    1.
    pertaining to the production, distribution, and use of income, wealth, and commodities.
    2.
    of or pertaining to the science of economics.
    3.
    pertaining to an economy, or system of organization or operation, esp. of the process of production.
    4.
    involving or pertaining to one's personal resources of money: to give up a large house for economic reasons.
    5.
    pertaining to use as a resource in the economy: economic entomology; economic botany.
    6.
    affecting or apt to affect the welfare of material resources: weevils and other economic pests.


    ec·o·nom·i·cal 
    –adjective

    1.
    avoiding waste or extravagance; thrifty: an economical meal; an economical use of interior space.



    (dictionary.com can be useful to quickly check differences in meaning)


    If this is not helpful, you may need to provide more context so that someone can assist you to decide which one to use.

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    Re: economic/al

    Economical is an adjective that means something gives good value or return in relation to the money spent or resources used. It also means something does not use many resources or much money.
    e.g. My car is quite economical. Its doesn’t use much fuel.

    Economic is an adjective which relates to the economy or the study of economics. In our sentence above, the context suggests we are talking about the economy (high taxation) so economic would be the correct adjective to use here.

    I hope this helps.

    More "confusing" words are here: http://www.ieltsonly.co.uk/?p=30
    Last edited by ieltsonly; 03-Nov-2010 at 16:42. Reason: edit: typo :)

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    Re: economic/al

    Putting "word 1 v word 2" in Google will often lead you to a good explanation.

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