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    Unregistered Lina Guest

    Smile the same meaning?

    Hello

    May I ask about the meaning of the words?

    Do you use " useful" and "helpful" in the same sense?
    Do they have different nuance? I can't get the difference.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: the same meaning?

    Hi Lina,

    You'll have to put them into specific sentences to judge them rightly. Generally, they carry the same meaning. 'Useful' of course has more to do with utility, while 'helpful' introduces the human factors of cooperation, generosity, etc.

    'It would be useful if you held this hurricane lamp for me.'
    'It would be helpful if you held this hurricane lamp for me.'

    These seem interchangeable to me. 'Useful' is more objective. I think that tone of voice and context would create more difference than is evident to us on the pale page.

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