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    apply v. implement

    I cannot discern the uses of apply and implement. Would you help me get it?

    Phrase 1: Implement a system.

    What is the difference between these two?

    1. The government promised to implement a new system to control financial loan institutions.
    2.
    The government promised to apply a new system to control financial loan institutions.

    I think the difference is subtle or no difference.

    https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/implement

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    Re: apply v. implement

    The difference for me is that "apply a new system" in that sentence is not natural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: apply v. implement

    And you usually can't apply a new system until you implement it, although I suppose the first application could be a test case for its implementation.

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    Re: apply v. implement

    Once the system has been implemented, it will apply to all financial institutions.

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    Re: apply v. implement

    Then can we say that implement is of course apply but also implies first use of what is implemented? So can we also say that implement=put into effect here?

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    Re: apply v. implement

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Then can we say that implement is of course apply but also implies first use of what is implemented? So can we also say that implement=put into effect here?
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    To implement is to put (a decision plan, agreement) into effect.

    www.dictionary.com

    Use imply to mean suggest (something).

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    Re: apply v. implement

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    So can we also say that implement=put into effect here?
    Yes, we can.

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