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    Default interfere/intervene

    I came across these two when learning new words.
    Anybody detail me the differences between?

    Thanks a lot.

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    It is an interesting question. In one of the definitions of each the other word is used. I think that the main difference is that one that interferes actively intervenes, or meddles, in the affairs of others, while that which intervenes is more or less just there.

    I hope that helps.

    interfere
    (def. 3) To intervene or intrude in the affairs of others; meddle.

    interfere
    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=interfere
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    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=intervene

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    Thank you for the link, but I still want to discuss with a human-being.
    Do you mean the difference lies in how much each works:
    "to interfere"acts more than "to intervene"?
    Or they results differently:
    "intervene" make things smooth, and "to interfere" is unwelcome.

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    When you interfere with something, your actions are not welcome.

    When you intervene, your actions may, or may not be welcome.
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    Thank you, I heard that you are a computer whiz.

    What about "interfere in/between", if they do exist?

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    You can certainly "interfere in" something, but I don't think you can "interfere between".
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    Thank you

    Since you don't say "interfere between", what if "intervene between"(a book told me this expression.)?

    You told me, " to interfere with" is not welcome.
    Do you think "to interfere in" carries exactly the same meaning?

    :)
    Thanks again.

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    Why don't you look at the following definitions of the two words, and see if you can tell me? :D

    Interfere

    Intervene

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    According to the links RonBee has gaven, there is only the definition of each displayed, but no expressions. :x

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    Interfere is used more often than intervene (by a ratio of about two to one). Also, intervene tends to be used in more formal contexts. A look at both of them in cases of actual usage would be helpful.


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