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    Unhappy variation or variability?

    Hello.my problem is that I don`t no where use "variability" and "variation".for example in this sentence: There is a great deal of(variation/variability)between individuals.

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    Re: variation or variability?

    Quote Originally Posted by nasimmor76 View Post
    Hello.my problem is that I don`t no where use "variability" and "variation" for example in this sentence: There is a great deal of(variation/variability)between individuals.
    Being a non-native speaker, the first thing I learned about English (to my amazement) was the compulsory usage of capital letters at the start of a sentence, as my native language does not even have such a variation.

    Later I was taught by emsr2d2:

    "It's important to use correct spacing around punctuation.

    - Put a space before an opening quotation mark or an opening bracket.
    - Do not put a space after an opening quotation mark or an opening bracket.
    - Do not put a space before a closing quotation mark or a closing bracket.
    - Put a space after a closing quotation mark or a closing bracket.

    However, if you are putting a quote inside brackets, then you put a space before the opening bracket but then write the opening quotation mark straight away. Here are some examples.

    I like (fried) apples.
    What is the reason for using "me" instead of "myself"?
    All the best for the coming exams ("exams" instead of "tests"?)"


    I am not a teacher.
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    Re: variation or variability?

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: variation or variability?

    Quote Originally Posted by nasimmor76 View Post
    There is a great deal of(variation/variability)between individuals.
    You can use either of those two words. I'd tend toward using 'variation'.
    If there's great variability in a population, there's a lot of variation between the individuals of that population.

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    Re: variation or variability?

    I would also use "variation" here. To me, "variation" talks about differences. There is a lot of variation between people. Some like coffee, some like tea. They differ, but are probably not changing.

    "Variability" to me implies constant change. There is variability in the daily temperature or in the prices at the gas station.

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    #6

    Re: variation or variability?

    Hi,

    There is a great deal of(variation/variability)between individuals

    What is the "thing" that actually vary ? Perhaps there are better words to choose from. In SoothingDave's example the thing that varies is their drink taste. What is it in yours ?

    Cheers

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