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    Smile Giving things up

    Giving things up often brings greater benefits than holding on to them.
    Giving things away often brings greater advantages than keeping them.


    Do both of the above versions read right and convey about the same concept? Thanks.

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    Default Re: Giving things up

    They are both fine, but "give up" and "benefit" imply something that is [morally] helpful or of good effect is the result, whereas "give away" and "advantage" imply being given a greater chance of succeeding in/at something.

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    Default Re: Giving things up

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Giving things up often brings greater benefits than holding on to them.
    Giving things away often brings greater advantages than keeping them.


    Do both of the above versions read right and convey about the same concept? Thanks.
    "giving things up" is different from "giving things away"

    "Giving up" means to stop trying, abandoning a project or practice or giving away something (usually reluctantly). You don't split this phrasal verb very often (if ever) as it sounds awkward.

    I'm giving up trying this crossword puzzle. It is too difficult for me.
    I'm giving up smoking since it is bad for my health.
    I'm giving smoking up since it is bad for my health. (this is not incorrect but it sounds awkward to me. The previous sentence is better)
    The unwed mother gave up her new-born child for adoption.
    The unwed mother gave her new-born child up for adoption. (not as good as the previous sentence)
    "Giving things away" means to donate. You can split this phrasal verb but again it is usually better sounding if you don't do this.

    I gave away the old clothes in my closet to a homeless shelter.
    I gave the old clothes in my closet away to a homeless shelter.(not as good as the previous sentence)

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