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    Unhappy Differences in vocabulary

    Hi!!! The other day a classmate asked me the difference between certain words and I wish you could help me. I have looked for them, but I'm still confused.

    The words are: Pollution and Contamination (What's the main difference if there's any? and whene are they commonly used?)

    Also the words: issues, problems and trouble (is there a big difference among them? or they can be used indifferently)

    I hope you can help so that I can use them correctly. Thanks again for your time!

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    Re: Differences in vocabulary

    While they are generally synonyms, polluted may refer to slight to moderate tainting, possibly tolerable or not serious. Contaminated carries a more serious meaning of serious tainting, with dangerous, even deadly, consequences.

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    Re: Differences in vocabulary

    Also - pollution is used often to describe the air, while contamination is used more often with water. And food is never polluted, its contaminated.

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