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    Difference?

    What is the difference between a sweater and the sweater?

    Also, What is the difference between a sweater and a cardigan?

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    Re: Difference?

    I'm not a teacher***

    I'd say that, typically, a cardigan has a fastening down the front (either zipper or buttons) while a sweater doesn't. You just put it on over your head.

    It also seems that the British might refer to a sweater as "a jumper" Longman - sweater. Maybe native speakers could verify that?

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    Re: Difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by prattsishunk View Post
    What is the difference between a sweater and the sweater?

    Also, What is the difference between a sweater and a cardigan?
    ♥♦♣♠ NOT A TEACHER ♥♦♣♠
    Speaking in simple terms, a sweater is not defined by the speaker, whereas the sweater is.
    A cardigan is a type of sweater that you can zip up or button up at the front.

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    Re: Difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by prattsishunk View Post
    What is the difference between a sweater and the sweater?
    He was wearing shorts and a sweater. The sweater was rather dirty.
    A sweater - not defined - we haven't used the word before.
    The sweater - defined. We know which sweater we are talking about.

    Also, What is the difference between a sweater and a cardigan?
    For me, a cardigan is open at the front; it is fastened with buttons or a zip.
    Please try to give your threads more helpful titles, and ask different questions in different threads.

    Your first question could have been in a thread with the title 'a/the difference?', the second in a thread with the title 'sweater/cardigan difference?'

    ps. I hadn't seen engee's and nyota's answers when I posted mine. I was too slow this morning.
    Last edited by 5jj; 13-Mar-2011 at 11:57. Reason: ps added.

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