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    Could you pls advise the difference between

    electric

    electrical

    electronical

    Can I use both electric and electrical to describe shaver, kettle, or even fridge and etc?

    Thank you for your help.

    Can you pls help me to explain the difference between

    electric

    electrical

    electronical

    thanks
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 30-Dec-2010 at 13:14. Reason: Identical questions

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    Default Re: difference between three words

    Quote Originally Posted by cy982002 View Post
    Could you pls advise the difference between

    electric

    electrical

    electronical

    Can I use both electric and electrical to describe shaver, kettle, or even fridge and etc?

    Thank you for your help.
    Electric and electrical are almost the same. However, for the examples you mention above, you would use electric. To put it simply, electric is the word you're looking for whenever you are talking about something that uses electricity.

    The difference between electronic (not electronical) and electrical is that electrical is a more general term, referring to the use of electricity in an item for instance. All items that are electronic are also electrical, but not all items that are electrical are electronic.

    I don't know nearly enough about the field of electronics to explain the distinction better than this, so I include also a quote from the World English Dictionary:

    Electronic is used to refer to equipment, such as television sets, computers, etc, in which the current is controlled by transistors, valves, and similar components and also to the components themselves. Electrical is used in a more general sense, often to refer to the use of electricity as a whole as opposed to other forms of energy: electrical engineering; an electrical appliance. Electric, in many cases used interchangeably with electrical, is often restricted to the description of particular devices or to concepts relating to the flow of current: electric fire; electric charge

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    There is an interesting old closed thread on this subject here:
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...lectrical.html

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    Default Re: difference between three words

    Electronics would have transistors and integrated circuits. Electrical items would be simpler, without any "intelligence."

    A toaster or drill would electric.

    A TV or a mobile phone would be electronic.

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