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    Smile toxic/poisonous candy

    I think he ate some toxic/poisonous candy.


    Do both toxic and poisonous candy sound idiomatic and mean about the same? Thanks.


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    Re: toxic/poisonous candy

    I think he ate some toxic/poisonous candy.

    Check the difference in your dictionary between 'poisonous', and 'poisoned'.

    Then you tell me why these three sentences are correct:
    1. In the fairy story, Snow White ate a poisoned apple

    2. When one gathers wild mushrooms in the forest, it can be difficult to know which ones might be poisonous.

    The Acme Chemical Company poured its waste by-products into the river, and the water became toxic to marine life.

    Small amounts of the drug are beneficial for his heart condition, but in large quantities, it would prove toxic.


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    Re: toxic/poisonous candy

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    I think he ate some toxic/poisonous candy.


    Do both toxic and poisonous candy sound idiomatic and mean about the same? Thanks.
    No, they are not idiomatic. At least with the snippet of context you have provided us.

    The person ate candy that was bad for his health and probably got sick or died.

    The difference between "toxic" and "poisonous" is that "toxic" implies that the substance was accidental. Perhaps a bad chemical was used when th candy was made.

    "Poisonous" implies the candy had a poison purposely added to the candy to make the person sick or cause death.

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    Re: toxic/poisonous candy

    Thanks, David and Naamplao.
    But my dictionary states that poisonous and toxic are synonyms. So I really can't figure out what you described.


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    Re: toxic/poisonous candy

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Thanks, David and Naamplao.
    But my dictionary states that poisonous and toxic are synonyms. So I really can't figure out what you described.
    They are synonyms for being bad for your health, causing sickness or death. But they don't mean exactly the same thing as we described.

    It is like using "pride" and "arrogance". These are also synonyms but they have very difference usages

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