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    step & pace

    hi,

    What is the difference between step and pace?


    Thank you beforehand!,
    m

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    Re: step & pace

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    hi,
    What is the difference between step and pace?
    Thank you beforehand!,
    m
    Sometimes, not much:

    People who've been here before, take one step/pace forward

    There are some cases where the meanings are totally distinct:

    the first step of the staircase
    the pace of a cheetah


    But, even where the meanings are similar, there are some collocations that are fixed:

    one step forward and two steps back

    is an expression of frustratingly slow progress, that wouldn't sound right with 'pace'.

    Similarly, this is advice for improved perspective:

    I advise you to take a pace back, and think again

    I think I'd expect 'pace' rather than 'step' there.

    b

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