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    Is there any differebence between "a fine line" and "a thin line" between things?

    We know that while talking about two similar things we can either say

    "There is a thin line between love and affection".
    "There is a fine line between love and affection".


    Which means not much difference but only a small or marginal difference.

    I am wondering if there is any difference between "fine line" and "thin line" or "Are they the same?

    Also tell me which one is more common in the US and which one is more common in Britain and Australia?

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    Re: Is there any differebence between "a fine line" and "a thin line" between things?

    There's a fine line​ is the usual expression in AmE.
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    Re: Is there any differebence between "a fine line" and "a thin line" between things?

    And in BrE.

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    Re: Is there any differebence between "a fine line" and "a thin line" between things?

    And in Australia as well, I guess because that's how they say it during cricket commentaries.

    And I guess "thin line" is used more frequently in Indian English, because this is how we use it in the sub-continent.

    Anyhow, thanks for your answers but you didn't answer the first part of my question, "is there a difference between them? or "Are they the same?

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    Re: Is there any differebence between "a fine line" and "a thin line" between things?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    And in Australia as well, I guess because that's how they say it during cricket commentaries.

    And I guess "thin line" is used more frequently in Indian English, because this is how we use it in the sub-continent.

    Anyhow, thanks for your answers but you didn't answer the first part of my question, "is there a difference between them? or "Are they the same?
    If I saw There's a thin line between this and mass hysteria, I'd probably guess that the writer meant to write a fine line​ and understand it as such.
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    Re: Is there any differebence between "a fine line" and "a thin line" between things?

    I wonder if you've heard 'the thin blue line' somewhere and are getting it confused with 'a fine line'.

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