Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. Mehrgan's Avatar
    Key Member
    Other
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 1,749
    #1

    Question "pollution" and "Contamination"

    Hi there,
    Though this is a repetitive question, I'm still not sure if there's any case when either can't be used instead of another. Could anyone please tell us the difference?


    Thanks a lot.

  2. nyota's Avatar
    Senior Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2009
    • Posts: 615
    #2

    Re: "pollution" and "Contamination"

    For example, in wikipedia both air pollution and air contamination send you to the same definition. Just like water pollution/contamination.

    Here (look for air pollution and air contamination links in the text): Wikipedia - pollution

  3. 5jj's Avatar
    VIP Member
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,134
    #3

    Re: "pollution" and "Contamination"

    In forensic processes, evidence can be contaminated, not polluted.

  4. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 59,743
    #4

    Re: "pollution" and "Contamination"

    And some things collocate- you hear nuclear contamination more than pollution, though both exist.

  5. Mehrgan's Avatar
    Key Member
    Other
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Persian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • Iran

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 1,749
    #5

    Re: "pollution" and "Contamination"

    Is contamination a result of toxic chemicals? (While pollution might refer to anything that makes it impure?)


    Ta!

  6. bhaisahab's Avatar
    Moderator
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 26,073
    #6

    Re: "pollution" and "Contamination"

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Is contamination a result of toxic chemicals? (While pollution might refer to anything that makes it impure?)


    Ta!
    Not necessarily. Food/water can be contaminated by bacteria, for example.

  7. Barb_D's Avatar
    Moderator
    Other
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,268
    #7

    Re: "pollution" and "Contamination"

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Is contamination a result of toxic chemicals? (While pollution might refer to anything that makes it impure?)


    Ta!
    I actually feel it's the opposite. Pollution implies (to me) toxicity while contamination is just something there that shouldn't be. When you talk about soil or groundwater contamination, that (to me) is the same as polluted soil or polluted water.
    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.

Similar Threads

  1. [Vocabulary] Difference between "health" and "wellness", "Diagnosis" and "Analysis"
    By tobysky in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Dec-2010, 23:43
  2. [Vocabulary] How do you pronounce "Cotton", "Button", "Britain", "Manhattan"...
    By Williamyh in forum Pronunciation and Phonetics
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 24-Dec-2009, 09:36
  3. The "pollution" or "contamination" of the air?
    By linhtho0211 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-Feb-2009, 10:45
  4. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-Sep-2008, 08:27
  5. confusing words "expressed" or "express" and "named" or"names"
    By Dawood Usmani in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 26-Oct-2007, 19:33

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •