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    For industry/industrial use.

    For industry use. For industrial use.
    What's the difference in meaning between the above two phrases?
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    Re: For industry/industrial use.

    In the first, "industry" is a noun used as an adjective. In the second, "industrial" is an adjective. They are both grammatical, but the second is more common.

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    Re: For industry/industrial use.

    I agree with Mike. There is also the sense that "industrial" refers to manufacturing. Normally heavier manufacturing.

    "Industry" could refer to any industry - insurance, health care, education, etc.

    "Industrial" I would take as referring to manufacturing like steel, cars, machines, etc.

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    Re: For industry/industrial use.

    If the oil is labeled "for industrial use," it cannot be eaten by humans. If the oil is labeled "for industry use," it can be eaten by humans.
    Do native speakers of English agree?
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    Re: For industry/industrial use.

    Not at all. At least I hope no one agrees.

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    Re: For industry/industrial use.

    If a bottle of cooking oil is labelled 'for industry use', can 'industry' refer to the catering industry?

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    Re: For industry/industrial use.

    Oil for human consumption is normally labelled* as 'edible oil'. Food items are never labelled 'for industry use'.
    In fact, I don't think I have seen things labelled 'for industry use'. 'For industrial use', yes.

    *I follow British spelling

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    Last edited by tedmc; 18-Oct-2014 at 07:32.

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    Post Re: For industry/industrial use.

    [QUOTE=sitifan;1105266]For industry use. For industrial use.
    What's the difference in meaning between the above two phrases?[/QUOTE

    Industry is a noun. Industrial is an adjective. A great majority of native speakers in US will say "for industrial use." I have never heard anyone saying "for industry use." It sounds very awkward. You can put two nouns together to form a noun but you need to put a hyphen in between. However, here is not the case.

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