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    Smile smoke alarm system

    According to a fire department employee, Timmy (a cat) was the best smoke alarm/alert system.
    They alerted/alarmed their owners to dager.



    I have trouble distinguishing between alarm and alert; they are close in meaning to me.
    Which one fits in the above samples respectively and why? Thanks.

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    Cheers, angliholic!

    Alarm and alert are very similar. The distinction that I use refers to sound and the mechanism of delivery.

    Timmy the cat alerted his owner about the presence of smoke in the room just moments before the smoke alarm was activated.

    The police alerted the neighbors about the advancing storm. The storm warning alarms were very loud and could be heard throughout the city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Cheers, angliholic!

    Alarm and alert are very similar. The distinction that I use refers to sound and the mechanism of delivery. Could you elaborate on this line because it's over my head?

    Timmy the cat alerted his owner about the presence of smoke in the room just moments before the smoke alarm was activated. Does activated mean the same as started/ignited?

    The police alerted the neighbors about the advancing storm. The storm warning alarms were very loud and could be heard throughout the city.
    Could I use approaching/nearing/coming instead of advancing without changing its meaning? Thanks.

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    Yes!

    The storm is approaching.
    The storm is nearing.
    The storm is coming.
    The storm is advancing.

    All are correct. So, you better put on your raincoat! You are going to get wet!

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    Default Re: smoke alarm system

    Got it! Amigo, thanks for the reply and advice.
    Ditto!

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