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    difference between Dilemma and Predicament

    hello,
    Dilemma and Predicament are synonyms.right?

    so, if we wanna use them in a matching question it is not possible. because both mean the same thing. right?

    dilemma: a difficult problem or situation
    predicament: a difficult or unpleasant situation.

    thanks a lot

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    Re: difference between Dilemma and Predicament

    The 'di' of 'dilemma' derives from the Greek word for 'two', and the word, correctly used, refers to a difficult choice between two possible options/courses of action (hence the expression 'be on the horns of a dilemma'). A predicament, on the other hand, is simply any difficult or awkward situation.


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    Re: difference between Dilemma and Predicament

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    The 'di' of 'dilemma' derives from the Greek word for 'two', and the word, correctly used, refers to a difficult choice between two possible options/courses of action (hence the expression 'be on the horns of a dilemma'). A predicament, on the other hand, is simply any difficult or awkward situation.

    so, if we wanna use them in a matching question, in the case of dilemma, we must refer to a difficult choice between two possible options/courses of action. otherwise we can not write a matching question like the above one: right????

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