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    the differences between "use" and "usage"

    Dear teacher,
    I want to know the differences between the two words: "use" and "usage"? Can you please tell me about that? Thank you very much!

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    Re: the differences between "use" and "usage"

    Widdowson's distinction was that usage was the ability to produce correct utterances, while use was the ability to turn the knowledge of the rules into effective commnication.


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