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    Have you ever seen a ghost? Does "ghost" here mean spirit? Can we use spirit here because it also means ghost?

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    Have you seen a ghost ? /Have you seen a spirit?

    - I believe we could, only that seeing a ghost still seem scarier for me.


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    Default Re: meaning

    I wouldn't use 'spirit' there- the ones people see are ghosts.

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    Default Re: meaning

    There is a slight difference in meaning and use between 'ghost' and 'spirit'. The best thing to do when you are not sure is to consult a collocation dictionary, if you have one at hand.
    Cheers!
    Last edited by Mr_K; 17-Jul-2007 at 23:20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I wouldn't use 'spirit' there- the ones people see are ghosts.
    Do you mean that spirits are impossible to see but ghosts are?

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    Default Re: meaning

    No, but when people see things, they generally call them ghosts.

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