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    identify v. recognize v. understand

    Situation: Lancelot, who is one of the nights of King Arthur, one day meets with his son. But Lancelot didn't know that he has a son.

    1. Lancelot did not recognized this young man.

    Which of the following sentences are identical in meaning as the original, 1?

    2. Lancelot did not understand this young man.
    3. Lancelot did not understand this young man was his son.
    4. Lancelot did not understand this young man was his own son.
    5. Lancelot did not know this young man was his son (I think this 5 convey a different idea.)
    6. Lancelot did not identify this young man.

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    #2

    Re: identify v. recognize v. understand

    None of the proposed sentences are identical in meaning to the original.
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    Re: identify v. recognize v. understand

    "Lancelot did not recognized this young man" is not correct, hhtt21. Can you see what's wrong with it?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 23-Mar-2017 at 21:38. Reason: Fixed spelling of Lancelot. Thanks, GS.
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    Re: identify v. recognize v. understand

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Lancelot did not recognized this young man" is not correct, hhtt21. Can you see what's wrong with it?
    Yes, I have detected it. It's just my fault. But

    1. Lancelot did not recogniz this young man.

    Now, would you like to re-evaluate the question?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    None of the proposed sentences are identical in meaning to the original.
    What is different with 3. or the one using "identify"?

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    Re: identify v. recognize v. understand

    In this context, "to recognize" is to see someone and decide that it's a person whose appearance you're familiar with. "To identify" would be appropriate if Lancelot pointed at the person and told Guinevere "That's him! That's the man who picked my pocket!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    1. Lancelot did not recogniz this young man.
    You've swapped one mis-spelling for another!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    In this context, "to recognize" is to see someone and decide that it's a person whose appearance you're familiar with. "To identify" would be appropriate if Lancelot pointed at the person and told Guinevere "That's him! That's the man who picked my pocket!"

    This is a hard case to distinguish between recognize and identify for me.Let's think once were two friends. The fate segregated them. They didn't see each other, say, 25 years. Let's call them Tom and Jerry. When they encountered for a fight, Tom was completely knowing who Jerry was but there wasn't any sign for Jerry to be knowing about the one in front of him. So the dialog started as following.

    Tom: Did you not recognize me
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    Then in this case did Tom happen to be recognizing Jerry or be identifying Jerry?

    P.S: Sorry for bad English, expressing this situation is high of my languagal level.

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    #9

    Re: identify v. recognize v. understand

    Sentence 1 is not really right in the first place. If Lancelot did not even know that he had a son, then recognize is not really an appropriate word to use. The sentence should be Lancelot did not realize that the young man was his son.

    You have to be already familiar with something to be able to recognize it. (Tom recognized Jerry because he used to know him.)

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    Re: identify v. recognize v. understand

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Sentence 1 is not really right in the first place. If Lancelot did not even know that he had a son, then recognize is not really an appropriate word to use. The sentence should be Lancelot did not realize that the young man was his son.

    You have to be already familiar with something to be able to recognize it. (Tom recognized Jerry because he used to know him.)
    "Lancelot did not recognize this young man. He was son of Lancelot and Elanie, a lady he loved some years before."
    In this story, does recognize imply that Lancelot saw his son before?

    http://knackbooster.ru/books/books_pdf/book_0049.pdf

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