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    collect/gather information

    Ms. A is an office worker and her job includes answering the phone, receiving requests for provision of samples, and collecting (gathering?) information from the caller about the purpose of the requests, the requested amount of the samples, etc.

    In this case, are "collecting" and "gathering" interchangeable? Are there any differences?

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    Re: collect/gather information

    Gather | Define Gather at Dictionary.com

    I would prefer "collect." "Gather" to me seems more like you go out and get the information, rather than being still and having the information given to you.

    See the notes under "synonyms" in the dictionary for their idea that "collect" implies a "purposeful accumulation to form an ordered whole."

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    Re: collect/gather information

    As a tip for the future, always try to pick the verb that fits the best. While collect and gather could both work in that sentence, collect works best for the reasons the above user has suggested. I hope this helps with other sentences like this for you :)

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    Re: collect/gather information

    I might use "elicit information" if Mrs A has to ask questions of the caller in order to get them to provide it.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: collect/gather information

    Quote Originally Posted by shur2gal View Post
    As a tip for the future, always try to pick the verb that fits the best.
    Many learners cannot decide which verb fits best. That's why they ask us.

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