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    #1

    'a machine' and 'a device'

    Can we use 'machine' and 'device' interchangeably? How are they different?

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    #2

    Re: 'a machine' and 'a devise'

    Not usually. To me, a device is much smaller than a machine. Ex. A phone is a device but a washing machine is a machine.

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    #3

    Re: 'a machine' and 'a devise'

    A machine is driven by some form of power. A device need not have moving parts; indeed it need not have more than one part.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 15-May-2017 at 09:52.

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    #4

    Re: 'a machine' and 'a devise'

    Tulipflower, I have corrected the spelling of "device" in your title. You wrote "devise" which is a verb.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: 'a machine' and 'a devise'

    A machine is a piece of mechanical apparatus. It has mechanisms (moving parts).

    A smartphone is electronic, not mechanical. It's an electronic device.

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