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    warranty vs guarantee

    My friend told me that 'warranty' has the same meaning as 'guarantee', and that 'warranty' is used in the USA.

    I wonder if it is true that 'warranty' is used by native American speakers. but not 'guarantee.'

    Many thanks.

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    Re: warranty vs guarantee

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    My friend told me that 'warranty' has the same meaning as 'guarantee', and that 'warranty' is used in the USA.

    I wonder if it is true that 'warranty' is used by native American speakers. but not 'guarantee.'

    Many thanks.
    In the USA a warranty is specifically used for a product; a company lays out for you just what it agrees to do if the product fails during a certain amount of time.

    A guarantee simply means that you promise it will be such and such, for example, that it will work as you expect or provide the result you are hoping for. For instance, a company will often say that "your satisfaction is guaranteed."

    A the word guarantee could be used in place of warranty but generally warranty is not used in place of guarantee.

    I hope that is useful. They are certainly very close to one another in meaning and everyone would understand what you mean if you were to use them interchangeably.

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    Re: warranty vs guarantee

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    My friend told me that 'warranty' has the same meaning as 'guarantee', and that 'warranty' is used in the USA.

    I wonder if it is true that 'warranty' is used by native American speakers. but not 'guarantee.'

    Many thanks.
    In BrE we generally use "guarantee" to mean the same thing as "warranty" means in AmE.

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