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    usage vs. use

    What's the difference between usage and use?

    I'v consulted the dictionary but I still can't distinguish the uses of one from the other.

    Like in these examples:

    His usage of that trick...

    or

    His use of that trick

    The proper usage of noun

    or

    The proper use of noun



    thank you!

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    Re: usage vs. use

    Quote Originally Posted by Yura Reiri View Post
    What's the difference between usage and use?

    I'v consulted the dictionary but I still can't distinguish the uses of one from the other.

    Like in these examples:

    His usage of that trick...

    or

    His use of that trick

    The proper usage of noun

    or

    The proper use of noun


    thank you!

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Yura Reiri:


    (1) I found a good explanation in Random House Webster's Unabridged

    Dictionary (2001). For copyright reasons, I am going to use my own

    words to tell you what it says.

    "Usage" usually refers to "habitual or customary practices or procedures."

    The book's example: Some usages of the Anglican Church are similar to

    those of the Roman Catholic Church.

    My example: When you go to a bookstore, you might ask: "I wish to

    buy a book on English usage." That is, a book that tells you how English

    is habitually or customarily used. In plain words: what is "good" English

    and what is not --based on how most native speakers use the language.

    That dictionary explains that "use" refers to using something:

    "She put her extra money to good use."

    The dictionary points out that some people use "usage" because they

    think that it's more impressive. It says that the sentence "Has your

    usage of a personal computer made the work any easier?" really should

    have "use."

    (2) My 1969 The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

    tells us that "use" is better when referring to employment or usefulness:

    Use of such drugs is restricted by law.

    Synthetic materials have wide use in modern [clothing].

    (3) IMHO, I believe that both of your sentences would be better

    with the humble word "use." I do not believe that your two sentences

    need the fancier word "usage." Remember what Dos, Don'ts & Maybes

    of English Usage (1977) says: The meaning of usage is customary or

    traditional practice.

    (4) This is my dialogue. It may or may NOT be correct:


    Teacher: I'm sorry, but I cannot pass you to the next level.

    James: Why?

    Teacher: Your use of nouns was not correct. (= You do NOT know how to

    use nouns.)

    James (begins to cry): I'm stupid, aren't I!!!

    Teacher: No, no!!! The usage of nouns is not an easy matter. ( = the

    traditional ways in which native speakers use nouns are not easy for

    a learner to understand.)



    James
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    Re: usage vs. use

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Teacher: Your use of nouns was not correct. (= You do know how to use

    nouns.)
    I hope someone can confirm that.

    One of the forum regulars once wrote that "usage" is a particular way in which a word is used. With that in mind, "Your usage of nouns was not correct" would mean that the way in which James used nouns was not correct.

    Or I misunderstood what the poster wrote.
    Last edited by Allen165; 27-Jun-2011 at 13:53.

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    Re: usage vs. use

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen165 View Post
    I hope someone can confirm that.

    One of the forum regulars once wrote that "usage" is a particular way in which a word is used. With that in mind, "Your usage of nouns was not correct" would mean that the way in which James used nouns was not correct.

    Or I misunderstood what the poster wrote.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    I forgot the "NOT." I am glad that your post reminded me of that.

    Whether or not, the correct word is "use" or "usage," I stand by the

    use (!!!) of "use." Hopefully, others will answer your question with

    their opinions.


    James

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