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    Smile infer deduce induce

    I can't really distinguish the above three words. THey look very similar to me. Could someone please help out aside from directing me to dictionaries.

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    Default Re: infer deduce induce

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    Could someone please help out aside from directing me to dictionaries.
    That's what dictionaries are for.

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    Default Re: infer deduce induce

    infer: to form an opinion or guess that something is true because of the information that you have
    deduce: to reach an answer or a decision by thinking carefully about the known facts

    both = reach something from some facts/information

    so they are more or less the same?

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    Default Re: infer deduce induce

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    infer: to form an opinion or guess ...
    deduce: to reach an answer or a decision ...
    Very crudely, if you 'infer' something, you guess it; if you 'deduce' it, you calculate it.

    Depending on one's faith in one's own mental abilities, one may well use 'deduce' when 'infer' might be more appropriate.

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    Default Re: infer deduce induce

    In practice, we often use "infer" to refer to drawing meaning from what someone said (or didn't say).
    I would probably not use "infer" from facts I read as readily as I would use "deduce." On the other hand, if someone was saying something without out-and-out saying it, I would "infer" that message.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    I can't really distinguish the above three words. THey look very similar to me. Could someone please help out aside from directing me to dictionaries.

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    Your difficulty may arise from the facts that many users confuse 'infer' and 'imply', and 'induce' has several possible meanings. The first confusion is so common that I'm afraid many people argue (to put it mildly; the 'argument' is usually a rant - for some reason the letters 'RK' spring to mind) that it's not a 'confusion' at all.

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    Default Re: infer deduce induce

    There is also the point that while ‘induce’ is not commonly used in meaning 3 in everyday conversation, some people do confuse deduction/deductive and induction/inductive.

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    Default Re: infer deduce induce

    As do I. I just avoid using either to hide my ign... doh! rumbled...

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