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    concept/conception

    hi, everyone

    I just can't make out the slight or big shadings of the two words.
    Would you mind helping me with them?

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    The concept is the idea. The conception is the act of having the idea. It can also mean gettint pregnant.

    Cas, posted this elsewhere, though I think she meant it for you:
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/vi...?p=23504#23504

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    Re: concept/conception

    Quote Originally Posted by AUTOMOON
    hi, everyone

    I just can't make out the slight or big shadings of the two words.
    Would you mind helping me with them?
    I agree with TDOL's answer. There are times, however, when "conception" and "concept" are both used to mean "idea". When that happens, however, "conception" is an idea that is still forming, while "concept" is one that is better thought out.

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    I am all clear now, and I am happy to hear from you so soon.


    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AUTOMOON
    I am all clear now, and I am happy to hear from you so soon.


    :)
    And we are happy to hear from you. :wink:

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    Re: concept/conception

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    Quote Originally Posted by AUTOMOON
    hi, everyone

    I just can't make out the slight or big shadings of the two words.
    Would you mind helping me with them?
    I agree with TDOL's answer. There are times, however, when "conception" and "concept" are both used to mean "idea". When that happens, however, "conception" is an idea that is still forming, while "concept" is one that is better thought out.
    Process and Product?

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    Re: concept/conception

    Quote Originally Posted by AUTOMOON
    hi, everyone

    I just can't make out the slight or big shadings of the two words.
    Would you mind helping me with them?
    Sorry.

    Quote Originally Posted by etymology online
    in Latin "(a thing) conceived," from concipere "to take in" (see conceive); conception in the womb sense was c.1300.
    SOURCE: concept

    :D[/quote]

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    The concept is the idea. The conception is the act of having the idea. It can also mean gettint pregnant.

    Cas, posted this elsewhere, though I think she meant it for you:
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/vi...?p=23504#23504
    Thank you, tdol.

    I lost my mind.

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    Those pesky browser windows get confusing.

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    It is somewhat easy to get lost in here. There are no windows.

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