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    investigation vs. study

    Hello!
    Could you please explain me the difference in the meanings of "investigation" and "study" if we speak about a process of research? Are they interchangeable?

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    Re: investigation vs. study

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack8rkin View Post
    Hello!
    Could you please explain me the difference in the meanings of "investigation" and "study" if we speak about a process of research? Are they interchangeable?

    Thanks
    "Study" is used for an empirical scientific work that is limited by its research methodology. In a 'study', you generally start with a hypothesis that you attempt to reject or accept, thus 'proving' something.

    An "investigation" is generally more free of such constraints as using a control group, etc. An "investigation" generally allows for following up leads and changing hypotheses during the request for the truth.

    No, I wouldn't call them interchangeable, though there are some cases where you could use either.

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    Re: investigation vs. study

    Thanks a lot! Your opinion, a native English speaker's opinion, is very precios in such kind of matters. You' ve helped a lot! Thanks again!

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