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    #1

    boundary vs. borderline

    The hardest thing in a foreign language is the appropriate use of words in specific contexts ...

    Here - the difference between boundary and borderline

    The original sentence goes like this:
    "The boundary/borderline between the different levels of meaning was intentionally blurred."

    I personally tend towards borderline but I have nothing to base this on.

    Any opinion out there? Thank you as always ...

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    Re: boundary vs. borderline

    I don't think either of those words is appropriate in the sentence. If there are "two levels of meaning" they should be discrete; there would not be a boundary between them that one could approach from either side. The sentence (or whatever we are dealing with) might be ambiguous, but that's a quantum leap from one interpretation to the other, not a slow creep toward a blurred borderline. Maybe "The different meanings were intentionally blurred" would solve the problem.

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    Re: boundary vs. borderline

    Hallo Raymott,

    I totally see what you are aiming at and appreciate a lot! The different levels of meaning are e.g. social, biographical and aesthetic. Although I called them different levels they are not in a physical sense. They are discrete on a level of interpretation but blurred in real life and I am missing something with just saying "The different meanings were intentionally blurred"

    Maybe something with realm instead of level because I agree on this not being sharp ... ?

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    Re: boundary vs. borderline

    If you've given anough context, eg. if you already stated that there are different 'levels or realms' of meaning, then I think that's enough justification for using your original sentence. In any case, I think "boundary" is the better term for this sort of thing, because you can have broad or blurred boundaries, but a blurred borderline is still a line.
    None of this is critical though. It's a matter of style, and it's just my opinion.

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    #5

    Re: boundary vs. borderline

    The different categories of meaning?

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    #6

    Re: boundary vs. borderline

    I see what you mean ... maybe I have to reconsider the term 'level' then ... I will revisit the phrase. Thank you.

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    Re: boundary vs. borderline

    categories ... possibly

    and then ... would you go with borderline or boundary?

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    #8

    Re: boundary vs. borderline

    Either word would work.

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