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    'Common sense', 'Instinct', and 'Intuition'?

    Hi there,
    I was wondering if I could the exact difference, if any, among the concepts above. I've almost got no difference between 'instinct' and 'common sense'. Thanks.

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    Re: 'Common sense', 'Instinct', and 'Intuition'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi there,
    I was wondering if I could the exact difference, if any, among the concepts above. I've almost got no difference between 'instinct' and 'common sense'. Thanks.
    There's little difference between "instinct" and "intuition" in most contexts, but neither of them are similar to "common sense".

    "Instinct/intuition" are, for example, when you just know someone is watching you, even though you can't see them. It could be that unsettling feeling you get sometimes when your partner is late home from work and, instead of just thinking that they are late because of bad traffic, you're convinced they have been in a car accident (of course, most of the time, it turns out that you were wrong, but you still had that feeling). Baby animals feed from their mothers by instinct - they have not been taught that they should find a teat and suckle on it, yet they know to do this almost the instant they are born.


    "Common sense" is knowing not to stick your fingers in a plug socket because you will be electrocuted. If you had never seen a plug socket before, you wouldn't know by intuition that it was dangerous to stick your fingers in it. Those of us who know that it's dangerous, know because we were probably told when we were very young. It's common sense to look both left and right before crossing the road as a pedestrian - it's just something that it is sensible to do.
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    Re: 'Common sense', 'Instinct', and 'Intuition'?

    Thank you so much for the detailed answer.

    Does the word 'nous' mean the same as 'common sense'? Is it a common word?

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    Re: 'Common sense', 'Instinct', and 'Intuition'?

    The only meaning I have for "nous" is from French class. I have never seen this word in English.
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    Re: 'Common sense', 'Instinct', and 'Intuition'?

    We use it quite a lot in BrE, yes, and it pretty much means the same thing. It's pronounced to rhyme with "mouse" but spelt without the "e".
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    Re: 'Common sense', 'Instinct', and 'Intuition'?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    We use it quite a lot in BrE, yes, and it pretty much means the same thing. It's pronounced to rhyme with "mouse" but spelt without the "e".
    I have literally never heard this. Do you know anything about it's origin? Is it informal? (I like adding to my BrE vocabulary.)
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