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    absurd v. illogical v. preposterous v. ridiculous

    I would like to understand the word preposterous in the sentence using it and its difference between some other words via using that sentence again.

    Scenarios are a United States under rule of Germany and Japan and continuing slaveholding Confederacy.

    1. "Both scenarios are preposterous". Is the original one
    2. "Both scenarios are absurd."
    3. "Both scenarios are illogical."
    4. "Both scenarios are ridiculous."

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/28/o...-invasion.html

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    Re: absurd v. illogical v. preposterous v. ridiculous

    1, 2, and 4 are similar in meaning. Number 3 is different, though. Can you tell why?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: absurd v. illogical v. preposterous v. ridiculous

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    1, 2, and 4 are similar in meaning. Number 3 is different, though. Can you tell why?
    Unfortunately, I cannot say why.

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    Re: absurd v. illogical v. preposterous v. ridiculous

    Can you see a connection between the words "preposterous", "absurd" and "ridiculous"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: absurd v. illogical v. preposterous v. ridiculous

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Can you see a connection between the words "preposterous", "absurd" and "ridiculous"?
    Yes, they seemed similar to me. But I cannot distinguish between themself and between they and illogical.

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    Re: absurd v. illogical v. preposterous v. ridiculous

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Yes, they seem similar to me. But I cannot distinguish between them and "illogical".
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    Re: absurd v. illogical v. preposterous v. ridiculous

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJ View Post
    I would't worry about it. If you look at the definitions of all three of those words above, you will see that there is an element of "contrary to reason" in all three. Whomever you say or write this to isn't going to argue with you anyway. In addition, you may find it illogical where others might not see the lack of logic.
    What do you mean by it in "you may find it" above?

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    Re: absurd v. illogical v. preposterous v. ridiculous

    Whatever this unspecified scenario is, it's possible that you might think it is illogical but other people might not see it the same way.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: absurd v. illogical v. preposterous v. ridiculous

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Whatever this unspecified scenario is, it's possible that you might think it is illogical but other people might not see it the same way.
    Yes, I understand it might be or might not be illogical but cannot somebody see it contrast of ridiculous/preposterous?

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    Re: absurd v. illogical v. preposterous v. ridiculous

    I can see a difference. I think that "illogical" is the odd one out of those four.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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