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    collaboration vs cooperation

    Hello,

    What is the difference between "collaboration" and "cooperation"? Can these two words be used interchangeably?

    Thank you very much!

    Jenny

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    Re: collaboration vs cooperation

    Have you looked both up in several good dictionaries? What did you find?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: collaboration vs cooperation

    By 'good dictionaries' we mean those included here (click on the underlined link).

    Everybody should bookmark the OneLook website for future reference.

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    Re: collaboration vs cooperation

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Have you looked both up in several good dictionaries? What did you find?
    Both words refer to the action of working together to produce something but a teacher told me that collaboration implies the equal role of two partners while "cooperation" may imply that one party is more superior than the other. Is it correct? I am confused sometimes.

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    Re: collaboration vs cooperation

    These examples might be helpful:

    If two people are working together to create something (write a book, produce a film, achieve a scientific breakthrough etc.), then collaboration is the right word.

    If two people (or two businesses) are working together on a project for mutal benefit, then cooperation is the right word.
    (MissFit, WordReference forums)

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