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    freedom fighter/guerrilla

    Hi, hello, happy new year.

    Could you tell me what the difference is between a freedom fighter and a guerrilla?

    Thank you so much.

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    Re: freedom fighter/guerrilla

    A guerilla is a particular type of fighter- guerillas fight in small groups, are not regular army, and use strategies like sabotage to fight a stronger force. Freedom fighter is a wider term for people struggling for political freedom- they don't have to be engaged in acts of warfare.

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    Re: freedom fighter/guerrilla

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    Hi, hello, happy new year.

    Could you tell me what the difference is between a freedom fighter and a guerrilla?

    Thank you so much.
    There's a political difference which is not linguistic, but you'll find it in the (Western) news, etc.
    In less literal terms, a "freedom fighter" is a person who is fighting against a regime which you also disagree with. That is, you are on the side of someone you refer to as a "freedom fighter", since 'freedom' is an avowedly Western value, and fighting for freedom is therefore a good thing.
    "Guerrilla" is a more neutral term, tending towards disapproval.
    A "freedom fighter" against a Western country might, in Western newspapers, be referred to, loosely, as a terrorist.

    Note, these are only tendencies. But there are a lot of coded words in the media.

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    Re: freedom fighter/guerrilla

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    Could you tell me what the difference is between a freedom fighter and a guerrilla?
    Freedom fighters do not hide and engage legal methods of fighting while guerillas are the opposite. The cause of the former is clear for friends and enemies but of the latter is eventually blurred even for their own close friends, relatives and allies

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    Re: freedom fighter/guerrilla

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    A guerilla is a particular type of fighter- guerillas fight in small groups, are not regular army, and use strategies like sabotage to fight a stronger force
    I would not say so.
    Guerilla Tactics are widely accepted by quite organized armies of corporations for project management, Marketing, etc.

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    Re: freedom fighter/guerrilla

    You can't use a metaphorical use to argue about the literal meaning of a term, though, in this case, I think it rather tends to support Tdol's definition (which is dictionary correct).

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    Re: freedom fighter/guerrilla

    Have you actually read those articles? Apart from the obvious point Raymott made that they are both figurative uses of the word, the first has a discussion about guerilla warfare that says this:

    So what exactly is guerilla warfare? It is a form or irregular warfare, which is any warfare that is waged by a non-standard military group. In this case we're talking about a small group of combatants using mobile military tactics such as ambushes and raids to combat a larger, less mobile army. Their goal is to slowly erode their adversary's power, influence, and will.
    I said:
    guerillas fight in small groups, are not regular army, and use strategies like sabotage to fight a stronger force

    I can't see how something confirming what I said disproves what I said.

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    #8

    Re: freedom fighter/guerrilla

    I think it's worth pointing out the validity of Ray's point.

    People opposed to the government, and you don't like the government: Freedom fighters, possible (depending on their objective) separatists

    People opposed to the government, and you like the government: Traitors, terrorists (depending on their methods)
    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.

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    Re: freedom fighter/guerrilla

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Freedom fighters, possible (depending on their objective) separatists
    separatists from what?

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    Re: freedom fighter/guerrilla

    Quote Originally Posted by vgv8 View Post
    separatists from what?
    There are many examples of "separatist" movements around the world. People who want their region of a particular country to separate from that country and become independent.

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