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    Dear teachers,

    Could you please explain which word should be used in the following situation?

    a. I put something on the table.
    b. I rush out of a room.
    c. I pat someone on one's shoulder or head.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    They sound like actions to me- act is something bigger or more official to me.

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    Dear todl,

    Thank you very much for your reply. Now I see.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    They sound like actions to me- act is something bigger or more official to me.

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    Default Re: act and action

    We have Acts of Parliament in the UK, which is when a law is passed, so that's why it seems bigger to me.

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    I am not confident in myself but I am confident in your answer.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    We have Acts of Parliament in the UK, which is when a law is passed, so that's why it seems bigger to me.

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