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    are they similar/the same or not?

    Howdy,

    Do these words mean exactly the same or are there differences between them? Could you please tell me what those differences are point by point?

    1) comprehension/apprehension/understanding
    2) evoke/induce/bring about
    3) overwhelm/overpower
    4) disquisition/thesis/essay/paper/treatise
    5) mainly/predominantly

    Thanks you.

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    #2

    Re: are they similar/the same or not?

    I am sure if you do it by yourself you will learn a lot more.

    Use these dictionaries:

    Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus - The Free Dictionary

    Cambridge Dictionary Online



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    Re: are they similar/the same or not?

    the thing is that I use three different dictionaries on my PC and I'm still not sure... that's wht I wanted to ask a native speaker...


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    Re: are they similar/the same or not?

    anybody?


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    Re: are they similar/the same or not?

    First of all, there is always a variation between words; however, similar words are called synonyms. When words are very closely related in terms of meaning, we can consider them as the same.

    Quote Originally Posted by forum_mail View Post
    Howdy,

    Do these words mean exactly the same or are there differences between them? Could you please tell me what those differences are point by point?

    1) comprehension/apprehension/understanding
    2) evoke/induce/bring about
    3) overwhelm/overpower
    4) disquisition/thesis/essay/paper/treatise
    5) mainly/predominantly

    Thanks you.
    Seriously, use a dictionary. Some of these words are totally different like apprehension and comprehension or paper and thesis.

    Also, For evoke and induce, Evoke is more of an action where you are calling upon something. For instance, you are trying to evoke a response from a reader. Induce is an action that you might force upon something. For instance, you wish to induce a coma by administering drugs to a patient.

    Hope this helps.

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