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    Smile personal identification numbers

    Banks use personal identification numbers, safety deposit boxes, insurance and other measures to help keep money safe.


    I wonder if I could say "personal identity numbers" instead of the underlined part. If not, why not? Thanks.

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    Default Re: personal identification numbers

    No - because the PIN is the number that identifies you in the bank records.

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    Thanks, Anglika.
    But I still don't get it because I can't tell apart the semantic differences of identity and identification. Would you decribe in a few words of their basic differences? Thanks.

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    An identity = the distinguishing character or personality of an individual

    identification = the act of being identified.

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