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    #1

    conflict / confrontation

    Hi,

    a) There has been a continuing conflict between the representatives.
    b) There has been a continuing confrontation between the representatives.

    I don't see any difference in meaning between the words "conflict" and "confrontation" here. Do you?


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    Re: conflict / confrontation

    The word "conflict" is usually used for situations that last for a significant length of time.

    "World War II was a lengthly conflict."

    But "confrontation" suggests that the problem occured at a specific point in time.

    "There was a big confrontation between John and Paul this morning."

    These are not strict rules, but I would choose "conflict" as you are referring to something ongoing.

    I'm not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: conflict / confrontation

    But "confrontation" suggests that the problem occured at a specific point in time.
    This 'confrontation' occurred over a period of five years though:
    Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Conflict is associated with disagreement or discord.
    Confrontation is to do with tussle or struggle over(the possession of) something.

    not a teacher.
    Last edited by tedtmc; 25-Jun-2008 at 11:10.


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    Re: conflict / confrontation

    I wasn't suggesting an exhaustive set of rules. Just my opinion in relation to the given sentences.

    Confrontation: –noun
    1.an act of confronting.
    2.the state of being confronted.
    3.a meeting of persons face to face.

    Conflict: –noun
    3.a fight, battle, or struggle, esp. a prolonged struggle; strife.
    4.controversy; quarrel: conflicts between parties.
    5.discord of action, feeling, or effect; antagonism or opposition, as of interests or principles: a conflict of ideas.

    I don't think confrontations are limited to disputes over possessions. That is a rather prescriptive explanation.

    "I felt that John was being very dishonest so I spoke to him about the problem, but the discussion soon became an unpleasant confrontation".
    Last edited by colloquium; 25-Jun-2008 at 12:14.

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