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    I need an explanation

    the synonyms of the words driving me crazy...Are there words having the same meaning?...
    some examples
    surrogate vs alternative
    bribe vs bribery vs kickback vs payoff
    misappropriation vs Embezzlement
    help me to understand the difference between their meanings

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    Re: I need an explanation

    Quote Originally Posted by samozo View Post
    the synonyms of the words driving me crazy...Are there words having the same meaning?...
    some examples
    surrogate vs alternative
    bribe vs bribery vs kickback vs payoff
    misappropriation vs Embezzlement
    help me to understand the difference between their meanings
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, Samozo.

    (1) You say that these words are driving you bananas.

    (2) As I type, no one else has replied yet, so may I start?

    (3) I think that surrogate usually applies to a person. It means

    something like a substitute. Alternative is something like a choice:

    Some students attend college classes, but others use the alternative of

    taking classes on the Internet.

    (4) bribe refers to the money that someone gives, and bribery refers to

    the act of giving a bribe. Kickback means that I help you make some

    money, and you later give me some money as a "thank you." Kickbacks

    are usually secret and not legal; payoff is something like a bribe.

    (5) misappropriation means something like: the government collects taxes

    to build schools, but someone in government uses the money to buy a

    big house and a fancy car; embezzlement means something like a person

    works for a bank, and he secretly changes the bank records so that he

    can get the money transferred to his account.

    (6) I think a good bilingual dictionary would be very helpful.

    Thank you

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    Re: I need an explanation

    thank u for ur interest to reply my post.........but I think English to English dictionary is better than bilibgual dictionary........if u know a good dic plz type its name......thank u again

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    Re: I need an explanation

    Quote Originally Posted by samozo View Post
    thank u for ur interest to reply my post.........but I think English to English dictionary is better than bilibgual dictionary........if u know a good dic plz type its name......thank u again
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, Samozo.

    (1) Thank you for your kind note.

    (2) I think the matter of dictionary may depend on the level of

    your English comprehension.

    (3) May I suggest that you start a new thread with that

    question and explain your current level of comprehension.

    (4) Many teachers answer these questions, and they are aware of

    the best dictionaries for students of all levels.

    Good luck

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    Re: I need an explanation

    u know the problem is many English words have the same meaning in Arabic...that make me worried about the actual meaning
    for example, emblezzment and misappropriation have the same meaning((اختلاس))

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    Re: I need an explanation

    Quote Originally Posted by samozo View Post
    u know the problem is many English words have the same meaning in Arabic...that make me worried about the actual meaning
    for example, emblezzment and misappropriation have the same meaning((اختلاس))
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, Samozo.

    (1) Yes, English -- they say -- has the largest vocabulary of any other

    language.

    (2) On the other hand, I hear that many languages (maybe Arabic, too?)

    have words with meanings that English does not have. So English has to

    borrow many words from other languages.

    (3) I'm sure that the language experts at this website can give you some

    excellent advice about dictionaries and vocabulary.

    Thank you

    P. S. I just remembered: this website has some Arabic-speaking

    members. Hopefully, they will advise you, too.

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    Re: I need an explanation

    Quote Originally Posted by samozo View Post
    thank u for ur interest to reply my post.........but I think English to English dictionary is better than bilibgual dictionary........if u know a good dic plz type its name......thank u again
    Try Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus - Cambridge University Press - Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

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