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    Meanings of "transfer" and "transport"

    Dear, teachers


    I'm new here but have been learning Englsih for years.

    Recently I've been confused that what's the exact difference between "transfer" and "transport?"


    In dictionaries, both of them could mean to carry, move, or convey from one place to another.


    But what if I want to explain a behavior or an action that could pass on energy or momentum, which vocabulary is proper, or both of them are okay?

    Thanks a lot for your help!

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    Re: Meanings of "transfer" and "transport"

    In this case, they all mean the same:

    Heat, mass and momentum transfer. They all are subject of Transport Phenomena.


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    Re: Meanings of "transfer" and "transport"

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    In this case, they all mean the same:

    Heat, mass and momentum transfer. They all are subject of Transport Phenomena.
    Thank you!

    And, could you please give me examples or cases in which we can't use the other word?

    Thanks again!

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    Re: Meanings of "transfer" and "transport"

    Quote Originally Posted by wih1007 View Post
    Thank you!

    And, could you please give me examples or cases in which we can't use the other word?

    Thanks again!
    Sorry, I use such terms almost daily, but can't tell them apart.

    But I guess there's a difference between them.

    Teachers?

    Thanks..

    EDIT: I should have written 'to me', instead of 'in this case'.

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    Re: Meanings of "transfer" and "transport"

    To me, transport involves actual vehicular traffic, and actual travelling masses, while transfer can be massless, such as information, images, thoughts, the immaterial, as well as material movements.

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    Re: Meanings of "transfer" and "transport"

    Quote Originally Posted by wih1007 View Post
    Thank you!

    And, could you please give me examples or cases in which we can't use the other word?

    Thanks again!
    The following can't use "transport":
    We're transferring you to the South branch. (A job transfer)
    I want to transfer $10,000 into a term deposit.
    Surgeons can transfer a donor kidney from a cadaver into a sick patient.
    You're transferring your feelings about your father onto me!

    The following can't use "transfer":
    Driver, please transport me to the station.
    Strollers and prams are used to transport babies.

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