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    "Convey" vs "transmit"

    If both "convey" and "transmit" mean "communicate", why is only the first correct in the following context?
    This ... the idea that people know how to talk in more or less the sense that spiders know how to spin webs.
    Thanks.

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    Wink Re: "Convey" vs "transmit"

    Quote Originally Posted by micaelo View Post
    If both "convey" and "transmit" mean "communicate", why is only the first correct in the following context?
    This ... the idea that people know how to talk in more or less the sense that spiders know how to spin webs.
    Thanks.
    Convey and transmit are only similar when their meaning is carry/pass:
    Our products are normally conveyed by air.
    This disease is transmitted through some kind of bacteria.


    When it comes to communicating, it's usually convey that is used:
    This conveys the idea that people know how to talk in more or less the sense that spiders know how to spin webs.

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