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    Question You can "adapt" the settings to make some pictures private.

    In the following sentence:
    You can "adapt" the settings to make some pictures private.

    Is it OK to use "adapt" in this context?

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    Re: You can "adapt" the settings to make some pictures private.

    I'd use "change".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: You can "adapt" the settings to make some pictures private.

    Will "adjust" be a good choice, too?

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    Question Re: You can "adapt" the settings to make some pictures private.

    If "adapt" is not good in this context, why?

    According to Longman Dictionary:
    2[transitive] to change something to make it suitablefor a different purposeadapt something to do something
    The car has been adapted to take unleaded gas.


    "Adapt" seems to be fine in the context of "change the settings to make some picture private."
    If it's still not good, what is the reason?

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    Re: You can "adapt" the settings to make some pictures private.

    Use "adjust."

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    Re: You can "adapt" the settings to make some pictures private.

    Quote Originally Posted by simile View Post
    If "adapt" is not good in this context, why?

    According to Longman Dictionary:
    2[transitive] to change something to make it suitablefor a different purposeadapt something to do something
    The car has been adapted to take unleaded gas.


    "Adapt" seems to be fine in the context of "change the settings to make some picture private."
    If it's still not good, what is the reason?
    It is the software or application (whatever you are talking about) that you are "adapting." But that is not idiomatic.

    The settings are being adjusted in order to adapt the software for your use.

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    Re: You can "adapt" the settings to make some pictures private.

    We don't use adapt to describe a change for which a system has user-adjustable settings. You adapt something to do something which it was not originally designed to do.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: You can "adapt" the settings to make some pictures private.

    Do you agree that "adapt" is only used for a bigger change in something and "adjust" is only used for a slightly change?

    Changing the settings of the photos on Facebook is a smaller action.
    Changing the car to take unleaded gas is a bigger action.

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    Re: You can "adapt" the settings to make some pictures private.

    Yes, typically. But the core meaning is that adapt means a change beyond what the system's designer meant to be easily achieved. Adjust means a change for which the designer provided easily-used settings.
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