Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. keannu's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea

    • Join Date: Dec 2010
    • Posts: 5,226
    #1

    drug, medicine, medication

    What are the differences among the three?
    gi78
    1.drug - can be either bad ones like marihuana, cocaine, etc. or normal medication sold in pharmacy. Does it have the former meaning a lot more than the latter?
    2.medicine - I guess this is unountable?
    3.medication - I guess this is countable?

  2. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,629
    #2

    Re: drug, medicine, medication

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    What are the differences among the three?
    gi78
    1.drug - can be either bad ones like marihuana, cocaine, etc. or normal medication sold in pharmacy. Does it have the former meaning a lot more than the latter? No, I wouldn't say so.
    2.medicine - I guess this is uncountable? This is countable.
    3.medication - I guess this is countable? This is uncountable.
    Bhai.

  3. keannu's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea

    • Join Date: Dec 2010
    • Posts: 5,226
    #3

    Re: drug, medicine, medication

    Could you explain in more detail? Like 1's why either way can't work? Do you mean only one way works?

  4. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,629
    #4

    Re: drug, medicine, medication

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Could you explain in more detail? Like 1's why either way can't work? Do you mean only one way works?
    #1 doesn't mean more one thing than the other IMO.

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

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,134
    #5

    Re: drug, medicine, medication

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Could you explain in more detail? Like 1's why either way can't work? Do you mean only one way works?
    Context will normally make the meaning clear, for example:

    In his days as a pop star, X was heavily into alcohol and drugs.
    There is no cure for this condition, though a number of drugs are used to relieve the pain.

  6. keannu's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea

    • Join Date: Dec 2010
    • Posts: 5,226
    #6

    Re: drug, medicine, medication

    Thanks a lot!!! What about the plurality of medication and medicine? And also are they exchangeable in terms of normal method to cure people?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,916
    #7

    Re: drug, medicine, medication

    What about the plurality of medication and medicine?


    Medication is usually uncountable.

    And also are they exchangeable in terms of normal method to cure people?
    I would use medication for a drug or drugs used to treat a condition rather than an event, so someone with something like high blood pressure would be on medication, but if it's something like a sore throat, I'd use medicine.

  7. keannu's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea

    • Join Date: Dec 2010
    • Posts: 5,226
    #8

    Re: drug, medicine, medication

    Thanks a lot! You seem to be back from a long break. Where have you been?
    Good to see you back! Thanks for you great help!!!

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,916
    #9

    Re: drug, medicine, medication

    Nowhere- I have been here, but must have been in other threads.

Similar Threads

  1. drug vs. medicine
    By yamadew in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 13-Oct-2010, 03:39
  2. Medicine vs Medication
    By belly_ttt in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 21-Mar-2008, 18:06
  3. medicine Vs medication
    By dean1 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 13-Feb-2008, 08:42
  4. medicine or medication?
    By granardi in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 25-Apr-2006, 16:17
  5. laughing is the best medication || medicine
    By peppy_man in forum English Idioms and Sayings
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-Feb-2006, 23:54

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
  •