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    energy or power

    Many countries are increasing the use of natural gas and other forms of _______.
    A, power B. energy

    The given answer is B.

    From a native's point of view, are both answers acceptable?

    I find in a dictionary they have a common meaning.

    Am I right?

    Thanks!

    Jason

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    Re: energy or power

    I believe (as someone who lived in the US for over 10 years) "power" is associated with electricity. I'd go with B in that one.

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    Re: energy or power

    Energy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Power (physics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    "Power" and "energy" do not mean the same thing. Dictionaries often do a poor job of explaining such technical terms.

    Natural gas is a form of energy and so B is the appropriate choice.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: energy or power

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Many countries are increasing the use of natural gas and other forms of _______.
    A, power B. energy

    The given answer is B.

    From a native's point of view, are both answers acceptable?

    I find in a dictionary they have a common meaning.

    Am I right?

    Thanks!

    Jason
    I would go with B.

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    #5
    Although in scientific or engineering usage there is a big difference between energy and power I think that in everyday AmE many people use the terms synonymously. For instance "there is a power outage" means we have no electrical energy coming to us. Like earlier responders I lean towards energy, but I think power is also acceptable.

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