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    Exclamation very important question!!

    hello every body..
    I have problem in defferentiataing between some words..
    and I need your help to understand this problem..

    look on this sentence:
    He suggests the formation of coalition government

    why haven't I put forming instead of formation in spite of that they are both nouns?(I want a rule to follow)

    and there is also more nouns like:
    Exam - Examination
    a say - saying
    a fight - fighting
    what is the defferance between them?
    best wishes to all

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    Re: very important question!!

    For me, 'forming' is the decision to have a coalition, but 'formation' would have more to do with the actual make-up of the constitution, with the arguing about who has which post, etc.
    Exam - Examination- no real difference- 'exam' is an abbreviation, so is not used formally in the names and on the certificates.
    a say - saying - a say - express your opinion, saying - proverb, idiom, etc
    a fight - fighting - a fight- the contest, fighting - the activity

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    Re: very important question!!

    thank you sir..
    but what do you mean by (the contest)..
    please explain this word for me because there is more one meaning for this word..
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    Re: very important question!!

    'A fight' is like a 'unit of viol;ence'; it's countable and thinks of each instance of violence as a separate thing. With 'fighting' the meaning is closer to violence'; an activity.

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