Results 1 to 2 of 2
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Portuguese
      • Home Country:
      • Tuvalu
      • Current Location:
      • Tuvalu

    • Join Date: Oct 2007
    • Posts: 1,860
    • Post Thanks / Like

    ruin vs spoil

    "can it get/be ruined?"
    "can it get/be spoiled?"


    I would like to know the difference between these verbs. do they mean basically the process of changing from a good state to a bad one?
    how should I use them?
    how shouldn't I use them?


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
    • Posts: 19,434
    • Post Thanks / Like

    Re: ruin vs spoil

    Ruined means completely trashed and unusable; spoiled means damaged but not necessarily to the point of no return.

    The watercolour painting fell into the bath and as a result was ruined.

    The effect of his decoration was spoiled by his use of a virulent green on the ceiling.

Similar Threads

  1. Ruin & Extravagance
    By jiho in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 20-Jan-2008, 14:39
  2. a lamentable ruin in the searching glare
    By Caorthine in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-Sep-2007, 09:58
  3. spoil
    By loveydovey in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 26-Aug-2007, 04:55
  4. ruin the curve
    By blacknomi in forum English Idioms and Sayings
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-Aug-2004, 18:15


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts