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    are these words interchangeable

    Dear experts, could you tell in which pair (A,B) the words in brackets can replace the original ones. Do "cash problems" and "style manner" sound OK in this context? Or may be "speaking" and "talking" are not interchangeable.

    1. He didn't worry much although some people were already speaking (talking) (A) about his serious financial (cash) (B) problems.

    2. Julia walked into a room where the walls were covered with beautiful paintings (drawings) (A) in classical style (manner) (B).

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    Re: are these words interchangeable

    Quote Originally Posted by snade17 View Post
    Dear experts, could you tell in which pair (A,B) the words in brackets can replace the original ones. Do "cash problems" and "style manner" sound OK in this context? Or may be "speaking" and "talking" are not interchangeable.

    1. He didn't worry much although some people were already speaking (talking) (A) about his serious financial (cash) (B) problems.

    2. Julia walked into a room where the walls were covered with beautiful paintings (drawings) (A) in classical style (manner) (B).
    The short answer to the title's question is 'No'

    Speaking is more formal and organized than talking; in some contexts they may be interchangeable.

    Financial and cash (even when used with an adjectival function) are not interchangeable. Cash problems are a subset of financial problems; one can have a financial problem (how to pay a credit card bill if your salary hasn't yet been credited to your bank account, for example) that have nothing to do with cash (physical money - notes and coins).

    Paintings (made with paint) are simply not the same as drawings (which are drawn). (If those definitions aren't clear enough, use a monolingual dictionary. I say 'monolingual' because some languages don't make the same distinction.)

    Before 'classical style/manner' - in that context - you need an article. Style and manner may be interchangeable, though in some academic contexts (when talking about art) I expect there's a difference.

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    Re: are these words interchangeable

    Thank you very much for this detailed explanation!

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