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    historic/historical site

    1. The historic/historical site swarmed with tourists from abroad. (The original word is "historical". From Ivy English Magazine)
    2. What makes English Heritage well known is it guards over 400 historic/historical sites. (I wrote)

    →Are the two sentences correct? Which adjective in red is correct and a more common saying? Lots of my American friends said that I should use "historical site" here. However, Wiki says: A historic site or heritage site is an official location where pieces of political, military, cultural, or social history have been preserved due to their cultural heritage value. Does this mean that "historic" is the correct word here? Thanks!

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    Re: historic/historical site

    Usage Note: Historic and historical have similar, though usually distinct, meanings.Historic refers to that which is associated with significant events in history: the historic first voyage to the moon. Thus, a historic house is likely to be of interest not just because it is relatively old, but because an important person lived in it or was otherwise associated with it. In contrast, historical refers more generally to that which happened in the past, regardless of significance: a minor historical character in the novel, the historical architecture in the center of town. These distinctions are not always observed, however, and a historic tour of a city might include the same sights as a historical tour. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the context makes the intended meaning clear.

    https://www.ahdictionary.com/word/se...67&submit.y=11

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    Re: historic/historical site

    I had to look this up many times before I could remember the difference and clearly many people struggle with it too. (This suggests that at some point in the future, the meanings will no longer be distinct.)

    I finally got it straight by thinking about it in a business context:
    * The company's historic performance -- Everyone in the finance world took note of this amazing event. Not very likely.
    * The company's historical performance -- Simply what they did in the past. Used very often.

    The Heritage sites are "historic" -- important in history.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: historic/historical site

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    Re: historic/historical site

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I had to look this up many times before I could remember the difference and clearly many people struggle with it too. (This suggests that at some point in the future, the meanings will no longer be distinct.)
    I looked it up in the AHD because I wasn't confident enough in the correctness of my own thoughts.

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