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    Default develop, invent, discover new medicine

    OVERSEAS STUDENTS' GUIDE TO ENGLISH STUDIES (LONGMANS,1966) says that we discover a new medicine rather than invent a new medicine.

    But we often see 'develop a new medicine'. How do native English speakers use these three verbs for 'a new medicine'? Thanks.

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    Default Re: develop, invent, discover new medicine

    Generally, you discover something that is natural, something that already exists.

    You invent something new, something that has to be made, manufactured, following a series of steps, procedures.

    Develop is similar to invent, but it stresses that it's a complicated process, with experimentation, trial-and-error.

    Penicillin was discovered by accident, when a scientist left a dish uncovered.
    The transistor was invented to take the place of vacuum tubes.
    Scientists are working to develop a vaccine for AIDS.

    English speakers are sometimes careless about these distincitions--I've heard electricity referred to as an "invention." Electricity was a discovery, not an invention. The electric light bulb was an invention. The system for distributing electricity across continents was developed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    OVERSEAS STUDENTS' GUIDE TO ENGLISH STUDIES (LONGMANS,1966) says that we discover a new medicine rather than invent a new medicine.


    But we often see 'develop a new medicine'. How do native English speakers use these three verbs for 'a new medicine'? Thanks.

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