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    Talking existing vs. existent

    Me again *hehe* ehm, you helped me a lot with the difference between some statistics and one statisic, so maybe that one is easy for you to answer, too =)

    existing - existent. Both are listed as adjectives in my dictionary, but I know that I use them in different contexts. The question is, why?

    Is there a major difference in usage concerning this pair of words? =)

    Thank you in advance,

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    Re: existing vs. existent

    Quote Originally Posted by startrip View Post
    Me again *hehe* ehm, you helped me a lot with the difference between some statistics and one statisic, so maybe that one is easy for you to answer, too =)

    existing - existent. Both are listed as adjectives in my dictionary, but I know that I use them in different contexts. The question is, why?

    Is there a major difference in usage concerning this pair of words? =)

    startrip
    Existing is put before noun.

    "Under the existing conditions many children are going hungry."

    "This carving is believed to be the only existent image of Saint Frideswide."
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    Re: existing vs. existent

    Thanks for your fast answer.

    So if existing is put before a noun, why do you use "existent" in your example? "This carving is believed to be the only existent image of Saint Frideswide." . Existent serves as an adjective describing image here. I'M kinda confused right now ^^

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    Re: existing vs. existent

    Quote Originally Posted by startrip View Post
    Thanks for your fast answer.

    So if existing is put before a noun, why do you use "existent" in your example? "This carving is believed to be the only existent image of Saint Frideswide." . Existent serves as an adjective describing image here. I'M kinda confused right now ^^
    My afterthought is that you can put both before a noun.
    Both mean "present" and "existent" seems more formal than "existing".
    The thing with "existent" is that it may mean "real" whereas "existing" equals "present".


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    ah, so maybe the latter is the real difference between the two. So in this example " Pleasing existing voters is important" means "present voters".

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    Re: existing vs. existent

    Quote Originally Posted by startrip View Post
    So in this example " Pleasing existing voters is important" "existing voters" means "present voters".
    Yes.


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    thanks =)

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