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    transformation VS transmutation VS...

    Howdy!

    Another set of words I'd like to ask about. Is there a difference between/among these ones?

    transformation, transmutation, transfiguration, change, metamorphosis

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    Re: transformation VS transmutation VS...

    can anybody help ;) ?

    this is a huge problem for me... I've been studying this language for such a long time and whenever I open a thesaurus I have lots of doubts which word to use... how can I overcome this problem?

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    Re: transformation VS transmutation VS...

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    can anybody help ;) ?

    this is a huge problem for me... I've been studying this language for such a long time and whenever I open a thesaurus I have lots of doubts which word to use... how can I overcome this problem?
    By not opening a thesaurus?

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    Re: transformation VS transmutation VS...

    Quote Originally Posted by forum_mail View Post
    Howdy!

    Another set of words I'd like to ask about. Is there a difference between/among these ones?

    transformation, transmutation, transfiguration, change, metamorphosis

    Thanks!
    Yes, there is.
    You will never need to use most of them. It's probably enough that you understand that they all mean a change from one state to another.
    'Transfiguration" is usually used in a religious context.
    'Metamorphosis' is used in biology - caterpillars turning into butterflies, etc.
    'Transmutation' is used in genetics and sci-fi human-robot hybrids.
    'Change', you probably understand.
    'Transformation' is a good all-purpose word meaning a change in form. You could probably use this word for all the others (except for 'change', which has too many meanings for which 'transformation' would not work).

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