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  1. matilda
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    Talking 215-duration vs period

    Hello all

    What is the difference between (duration) and (period)?
    In Iranian dictionaries, they have the same meaning. But I know there should be some differences.

    Thank you

    Matilda


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    Re: 215-duration vs period

    Quote Originally Posted by matilda View Post
    Hello all
    What is the difference between (duration) and (period)?
    In Iranian dictionaries, they have the same meaning. But I know there should be some differences.
    Thank you
    Matilda
    I'd say, Matilda, that a lot depends on the situation. These words do have specialized scientific meanings. Why not try to create some sentences and then we can see if you're using them in a natural way for English.

  2. matilda
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    Talking Re: 215-duration vs period

    as you know i'm from Iran and in our country, we only have one word for both of these and in Persian-to-English and English-to-persian dictionaries, we have only one word . so it is not actually underestandable for me where to use each one. i hope someone could clarify the use of these two

    regards


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    Talking Re: 215-duration vs period

    Hello,
    I'd say off hand, duration is used in scientific contexts and period is much commoner. And they are certainly not synonyms. You can say
    It was a difficult period in his life.
    But you can't say
    It was a difficult duration.
    Duration emphasizes the amount of time when sth is happening.
    Period denotes a unit of time.
    I may be wrong,though.
    Regards

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    Re: 215-duration vs period

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hello,
    I'd say off hand, duration is used in scientific contexts and period is much commoner. And they are certainly not synonyms. You can say
    It was a difficult period in his life.
    But you can't say
    It was a difficult duration.
    Duration emphasizes the amount of time when sth is happening.
    Period denotes a unit of time.
    I may be wrong,though.
    Regards
    A quick perusal of dictionary.com shows that "period" is used
    in scientific contexts as well as to indicate intervals of time
    in history or culture.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/period
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/duration

    Perhaps example sentences from the above links will
    help to clarify the difference.

    sat quietly through the duration of the speech.

    artifacts of the pre-Columbian period
    Picasso's early career is divided into his blue period
    and rose period.


    I tend to think of "period" the same as "era" -
    such as "the Kennedy era" (i.e. the period
    during which Kennedy was the president of America).
    But, the duration of Kennedy presidency was cut short
    due to his tragic death.


    "The Three Kingdoms period in the Chinese history
    was full or violence and turmoil.
    "

    Hope this helps.

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