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  1. Mad-ox's Avatar
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    #1

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    hi,

    Could you tell me the difference in meaning between these words: race/contes/competition?

    Please, illustrate your answers with examples/sentences!

    thanks


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    Re: race/contest/competition

    Race: a contest of speed - Did you see the automobile race yesterday?

    Contest - Competition: the effort of two or more parties acting independently to secure a victory - There will be a spelling contest Monday. There is a writers competition next week.

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    Re: race/contest/competition

    Quote Originally Posted by Hi_there_Carl View Post
    Race: a contest of speed - Did you see the automobile race yesterday?

    Contest - Competition: the effort of two or more parties acting independently to secure a victory - There will be a spelling contest Monday. There is a writers competition next week.

    thanks,

    as far as the word RACE concerns I understand. Aren't any differences between contest and competition?

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    Re: race/contest/competition

    No significant difference that I know of... The dictionary actually defines one with the other.


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    Re: race/contest/competition

    Sometimes a contest may be termed a 'competition' as in a 'pie-eating contest' and 'pie-eating competition'.
    However, we would NEVER use the word 'contest' when referring to
    competition between banks, MacDonalds competing with BurgerKing for the hamburger customer etc.


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    #6

    Re: race/contest/competition

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    thanks,

    as far as the word RACE concerns I understand. Aren't any differences between contest and competition?
    A competition is usually a more formal event where many teams/players take part in a structured playoff format. The World Cup is a competition...not a contest.

    A contest is usually much smaller and not as formal, often of shorter duration.

    Of course as the competition becomes smaller and the contest becomes larger there is a blurring of the lines between them.

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