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    Default how to write a sentence asking the differences of 3 things?

    What are the differences among a degree, a diploma, and a certificate?

    Is my above sentence correct, grammatically?

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    Default Re: how to write a sentence asking the differences of 3 things?

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    What are the differences among a degree, a diploma, and a certificate?

    Is my above sentence correct, grammatically?

    Does any one know the above answer? I am actually searching for it..

    Thanks,

    Kiran

    Yes. Exactly! "Between" is used for two, and "among" for three or more.

    PS (a little later) Some examples, even without "difference": Between you and me. Among the three of us. Alone among all his friends.
    Last edited by abaka; 18-Jan-2009 at 22:03.

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    Default Re: how to write a sentence asking the differences of 3 things?

    just a student.
    a ''degree'' is what one achieves in terms of education. a degree in economics, a degree in computer science and so on. a ''diploma'' is an official document, printed in proper stationery, that corroborates that you have such a degree. it is normally issued by the institution where one achieved the degree and must be recognized by the department of education. sometimes ''degree'' and ''diploma'' are used interchangeably.
    I think that ''I have a degree in economics'' and ''I have a diploma in economics'' mean basically the same.

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    Default Re: how to write a sentence asking the differences of 3 things?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    just a student.
    a ''degree'' is what one achieves in terms of education. a degree in economics, a degree in computer science and so on. a ''diploma'' is an official document, printed in proper stationery, that corroborates that you have such a degree. it is normally issued by the institution where one achieved the degree and must be recognized by the department of education. sometimes ''degree'' and ''diploma'' are used interchangeably.
    I think that ''I have a degree in economics'' and ''I have a diploma in economics'' mean basically the same.
    I would agree with most of that, but there is also another common distinction:

    A degree is granted by a university.

    A diploma is granted by a secondary or technical school.

    A certificate may be granted by either, but in N. America usually indicates a particular area of specialization or concentration.

    I had trouble finding a good job with my high school diploma, so I got a degree in political science, with a certificate in international relations.

    I have a hairdressing diploma.
    I have a mathematics degree.
    After finishing his English degree, he decided he wanted to work with children, so he got a certificate in education. [Or: BA in English, BEd to teach, depending on the jurisdiction.]

    The word "diploma" or "certificate" or often "parchment" also means the actual document.

    See my Ph.D. diploma, hanging on the wall there? I bought it in a second-hand store.

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    Default Re: how to write a sentence asking the differences of 3 things?

    they are distinct things, then!

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    Default Re: how to write a sentence asking the differences of 3 things?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    they are distinct things, then!
    They're distinct in N. America, as I described above, but I have a strong impression that British and international usage is different from the American and Canadian one.

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