Is ther a difference between persuade/convince?
********** NOT A teacher **********
Hello, Mr. Christo.
(1) Yes, there is a big difference.
(2) Even some native speakers do not understand.
(a) to persuade = to get somebody to do something.
(i) The police officer persuaded the bad man to put down the gun.
(b) to convince = to get somebody to think a certain way.
(i) The police officer convinced the bad man that he (the bad man)
should put down the gun.
(3) Yes, those two examples do seem somewhat similar, don't they?
Try to remember that to persuade has to do with action; to convince
has to do with thought.
Here are some examples:
I persuaded my son to drive more carefully./ I convinced my son that driving more carefully is the smart thing to do.
Tom: I do not want to go to college.
Mona: Oh, you should. It is very important to get a college education nowadays.
Tom: Oh, yeah? Convince me!!! (Give me some good reasons.)
I think that Mr. X is a bad leader. No one can convince me otherwise.(No one can make me change my mind.)
And can you explain, what is "coax" and "induce" then?
Expecially the difference between coax and persuade?
Coaxing generally involves showing someone the pleasant side of doing something.
For example, if you want me to do something, and tell me you will put a smelly fish under my pillow every night until I do, you might persuade me to do it with threats.
If you show me how nice it will be if I do it, you are coaxing me. I'd say that coaxing is a way of persuading.
If you have a scared dog that you want to come to you so you can take care of it, you might coax it to you by holding out a treat.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.