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    Default exhausture or exhaustion

    What's the difference between these two forms? Both nouns but would they be intechangeable?

    "The exhaustion/exhauster of natural resources"? "Being sick with cancer, he was going to die of exhausture/exhaustion"?

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    Default Re: exhausture or exhaustion

    From Uncle M (not a teacher)

    As far as I am aware, there is no such word as 'exhausture' in UK English.

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    Default Re: exhausture or exhaustion

    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle M View Post
    From Uncle M (not a teacher)

    As far as I am aware, there is no such word as 'exhausture' in UK English.
    If you look it up in a dictionary, it sure is going to give you these two noun defenitions. Being a non-native speaker, it got me wondering if there would be a difference?

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    Default Re: exhausture or exhaustion

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    If you look it up in a dictionary, it sure is going to give you these two noun defenitions. Being a non-native speaker, it got me wondering if there would be a difference?
    Which dictionary did you find "exhausture" in? It doesn't exist in BrE.

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    Default Re: exhausture or exhaustion

    I, too, doubted the existence of exhausture.

    Yes, it is in some dictionaries*, meaning exhaustion, but as I've never heard of it in 70 years as a native speaker and wide reader I advise you to forget it.

    I've forgotten it already.

    Rover


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    1. exhausture: Wordnik [home, info]
    2. Exhausture: Dictionary.com [home, info]
    3. Exhausture: Online Plain Text English Dictionary [home, info]
    4. exhausture: Webster's Revised Unabridged, 1913 Edition [home, info]
    5. Exhausture: AllWords.com Multi-Lingual Dictionary [home, info]
    6. exhausture: Free Dictionary [home, info]
    7. Exhausture: Dictionary/thesaurus [home, info]
    (OneLook dictionary search)
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 24-Mar-2011 at 13:09.

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    Default Re: exhausture or exhaustion

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I, too, doubted the existence of exhausture.

    Yes, it is in some dictionaries*, meaning exhaustion, but as I've never heard of it in 70 years as a native speaker and wide reader I advise you to forget it.

    I've forgotten it already.

    Rover

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    1. exhausture: Wordnik [home, info]
    2. Exhausture: Dictionary.com [home, info]
    3. Exhausture: Online Plain Text English Dictionary [home, info]
    4. exhausture: Webster's Revised Unabridged, 1913 Edition [home, info]
    5. Exhausture: AllWords.com Multi-Lingual Dictionary [home, info]
    6. exhausture: Free Dictionary [home, info]
    7. Exhausture: Dictionary/thesaurus [home, info]
    I looked it up in my Webster. It just says there is such a word but doesn't give any clear definition. What would be exhauster?

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    Default Re: exhausture or exhaustion

    An exhauster would be somebody who exhausts.

    You can forget that, too.

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    Default Re: exhausture or exhaustion

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    An exhauster would be somebody who exhausts.

    You can forget that, too.
    Someone who you have deep feelings for can be "exhauster"? Can I call a hard job an exhauster?
    Last edited by ostap77; 24-Mar-2011 at 13:26.

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    Default Re: exhausture or exhaustion

    Someone who you have deep feelings for can be "exhauster"? No.

    Can I call a hard job an exhauster? You'd probably be the first person in history to do so.
    I still say forget it.

    Rover

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    Default Re: exhausture or exhaustion

    I'm pretty sure that 99.9% of native speakers would assume you were making a mistake if you used it in any context whatsoever.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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