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  1. Anonymous
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    differences between pairs of words

    Hi
    I could I explain the difference between skinny & slim, to a person with limited command of the English language


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    Re: differences between pairs of words

    Quote Originally Posted by alexis&jason
    Hi
    I could I explain the difference between skinny & slim, to a person with limited command of the English language
    Use slim in connection with people in the sense of petite, slender.
    Use slim explaining a range such as a slim chance of rain, a slight chance of rain.

    Use skinny in connection with people and their body size.

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    #3
    'Slim'is positive- it means not fat and the right size. 'Skinny' is negative- it means a bit underweight.

  3. Susie Smith
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    Re: differences between pairs of words

    Quote Originally Posted by alexis&jason
    Hi
    I could I explain the difference between skinny & slim, to a person with limited command of the English language
    Don't explain it. Find pictures that show the difference and show them to the person.

    :wink:

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    #5
    Wouldn't that be explaining?

  5. Susie Smith
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Wouldn't that be explaining?
    It surely would, wouldn't it? An explanation doesn't have to be verbal.
    :wink:

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