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    Cooperate vs Collaborate

    Hello.
    Do you know what is the difference between cooperation and collaboration? My dictionary says that these two words have the same meaning.

    What do you think is the difference between these two?

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    Re: Cooperate vs Collaborate

    Quote Originally Posted by dervast View Post
    Hello.
    Do you know what is the difference between cooperation and collaboration? My dictionary says that these two words have the same meaning.

    What do you think is the difference between these two?
    Are you sure that's what your dictionary says? The words have closely related meanings which, depending on context, overlap to varying extents. You need to either get a better dictionary or learn to use the one you've got.

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    Re: Cooperate vs Collaborate

    Quote Originally Posted by dervast View Post
    Hello.
    Do you know what is the difference between cooperation and collaboration? My dictionary says that these two words have the same meaning.

    What do you think is the difference between these two?
    Kali spe ra
    We have similar words in Poland:
    1. Kooperacja - means the same like in English, and
    2. Kolaboracja - means an act of cooperating traitorously with an enemy
    /eg. with Nazi during the World War 2/.
    Kali ni hta!


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    Re: Cooperate vs Collaborate

    NOT A TEACHER!!

    OED online def. is:

    Co-operate . 1. intr. To work together, act in conjunction (with another person or thing, to an end or purpose, or in a work): a. of persons b. Of things: To concur in producing an effect.

    Collaborate 1. intr. To work in conjunction with another or others, to co-operate; esp. in a literary or artistic production, or the like.

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    Re: Cooperate vs Collaborate

    Quote Originally Posted by suzie07 View Post
    NOT A TEACHER!!

    OED online def. is:

    Co-operate . 1. intr. To work together, act in conjunction (with another person or thing, to an end or purpose, or in a work): a. of persons b. Of things: To concur in producing an effect.

    Collaborate 1. intr. To work in conjunction with another or others, to co-operate; esp. in a literary or artistic production, or the like.
    Thank you. The definitions are most useful. While I do agree that they may sometimes be used interchangeably, I generally use them somewhat differently.

    I would tend to use "collaborate" if I were actively working with someone -- writing a book together or actively working together on a project. I would tend to use "co-operate" if I were simply working in harmony with someone. For instance, I might say to my wife, "It is time that we stop working at cross purposes and co-operate, so that our children will finally go to bed without complaining."

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    Re: Cooperate vs Collaborate

    Quote Originally Posted by dervast View Post
    Hello.
    Do you know what is the difference between cooperation and collaboration? My dictionary says that these two words have the same meaning.

    What do you think is the difference between these two?
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    good morning, dervast.

    (1) As the other posters have told you, these two words can mean many different things, depending on what idea you want to get across.

    (2) But I think that in general, these two examples might bring out the difference:

    (a) A teacher can do a good job only if the students COOPERATE (come to class on time, bring their books, do their lessons, ask permission to leave their seats, etc.).

    (b) Nowadays in the United States, teachers are being urged to COLLABORATE more. For example, Tommy's math, history, and English teachers are urged to meet once a week in order to discuss any concerns they may have about Tommy's progress. The three teachers could also use one another's lessons in some way. Maybe the English teacher could write lessons that include that week's history vocabulary.


    Have a nice day!

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