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    common vs usual

    What is the difference between the words "common" and "usual"?

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    Re: common vs usual

    They are synonyms but each has its own connotations. "Common" might suggest a lower class or quality ("common as muck"), which "unsual" does not. And "usual" may suggest habitual ("that's my usual hangout"), wich "common" does not. All depends on context.

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    Exclamation Re: common vs usual

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    What is the difference between the words "common" and "usual"?
    Normal is something within (specified/expected) parameters. It
    describes a thing, animal or person that is universal, prevalent, popular or standard.
    common interests, common language, common mistake, common man, common bird.
    Usual is something deviated from the parameters but within limits(beyond certain limits it is unusual/abmormal). It describes a thing, animal or person that is habitual or customary, familiar and regular
    usual time, Usual place, usual crowd, Usual practice, Usual councilor

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