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    Question Difference between hobby and entertainment

    Hi

    In a story that I'm reading it I came across "hobby" ("taking care of plants in and around our homes is a hobby for many people").
    Then, in the exercises section one of the questions is that "find word in the story that mean "entertainment". There is no other word in the story except "hobby" whose meaning is close to entertainment. I wonder if I can choose "hobby" as an answer to this exercise. Does hobby mean "entertainment"? If not, what is the Difference between hobby and entertainment?

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    Re: Difference between hobby and entertainment

    It's hard for us to tell. Is that story available online? How long is it?

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    Re: Difference between hobby and entertainment

    A hobby is a kind of entertainment, I suppose. People usually do their hobbies to entertain themselves.

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    Re: Difference between hobby and entertainment

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    A hobby is a kind of entertainment, I suppose. People usually do their hobbies to entertain themselves.
    Thank you. But, can we consider them as synonyms?
    Last edited by Venus.jam; 03-Oct-2016 at 17:41.

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    Re: Difference between hobby and entertainment

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    It's hard for us to tell. Is that story available online? How long is it?
    Yes, it is availabe on http://www.iss.k12.nc.us/cms/lib4/NC...0Level%20J.pdf
    The title of the passage is "what comes from plants"

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    Re: Difference between hobby and entertainment

    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    But, can we consider them as synonyms?
    I wouldn't, no. Personally, I don't like the term 'synonym' and I don't use it.

    I would prefer to say that a hobby is one member of the set of words labelled a kind of entertainment.

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    Re: Difference between hobby and entertainment

    It does appear that "entertainment" is the word they are looking for, but I agree with the others; this is a very poor choice on the part of the writer of this question. "Pastime" would have been a better match for "hobby".
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 04-Oct-2016 at 09:20. Reason: Fixing typo.

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    Re: Difference between hobby and entertainment

    Quote Originally Posted by ChinaDan View Post
    It does appear that "entertainment" is the word they are looking for, but I agree with the others; this is a very poor choice on the part of the writer of this question. "Pastime" would have been a better match for "hobby".

    As you see, "hobby", "entertainment" and "pastime" are all considered to be synonyms. Can we say that pastime, under the word "pastim".
    However, both "hobby" and "entertainment" are only synonymous with "pastime".
    Isn't it possible to consider all three words as synonyms?!

    hobby

    noun pastime, relaxation, leisure pursuit, sideline, diversion, avocation, favourite occupation, (leisure) activity


    pastime

    noun activity, game, sport, entertainment, leisure, hobby, relaxation, recreation, distraction, amusement, diversion


    entertainment

    noun1. enjoyable, fun, pleasure, leisure, satisfaction, relaxation, recreation, enjoyment, distraction, amusement, diversion I play the piano purely for my own entertainment.
    2. pastime, show, sport, performance, play, treat, presentation, leisure activity, beer and skittles



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    Re: Difference between hobby and entertainment

    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    As you see, "hobby", "entertainment" and "pastime" are all considered to be synonyms. Can we say that pastime, under the word "pastim".
    However, both "hobby" and "entertainment" are only synonymous with "pastime".
    Isn't it possible to consider all three words as synonyms?
    Under discussion here. Thread closed.

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