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    #11

    Question Re: Choose the right word or correct word?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    The reason that some speakers might choose 'correct' over 'right' has to to with semantics, meaning, or rather contextual meaning: what sounds "right" to me, for example, may not sound "right" to someone else. The word 'correct' on the other hand has a sense of authority to it; i.e., what the teacher or grammar deems as "right".

    Having said that, given the "context" (e.g., a test situation), the assumption or pragmatics of the language is that 'right' means 'correct', and hence the validity of either or being a valid choice for the example sentences given in post #1.

    So, I can use either without any difference in meaning. Right?
    Dawood

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    #12

    Re: Choose the right word or correct word?

    Right. Or should I say, "correct"?

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    #13

    Question Re: Choose the right word or correct word?

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    Right. Or should I say, "correct"?
    Both, but in my school days I never saw " right" used that way. I only saw or observed " correct words", " correct verbs", " correct adjectives" or " correct nouns" etc. Therefore I was confused.
    Thank you all. You people have been very helpful
    Regards!
    Dawood

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    #14

    Re: Choose the right word or correct word?

    Dawood! if you want to sound like you know what you are talking about, use 'correct'!

    Amen!

    Amigo

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