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    What is?

    1) What is the difference between sarcasm and irony?
    2) What is the difference between a cork and stopper?
    3) What is the verb for this action:
    Some piece of paint falls off from the wall
    What verb can we replace for fall off?

    4) Where do you get a chance to see a telescope?

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    #2

    Re: What is?

    Hello Belly,

    Would you like to try first?

    Best wishes,

    MrP

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    #3

    Re: What is?

    Hi MrPedantic,
    Didn't I meet you outside this forum? Your pseudonym is looking familiar
    I check the dictionary but since these words are so alike I hardly got anything out

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    Re: What is?

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    1) What is the difference between sarcasm and irony?
    2) What is the difference between a cork and stopper?
    3) What is the verb for this action:
    Some piece of paint falls off from the wall
    What verb can we replace for fall off?

    4) Where do you get a chance to see a telescope?
    2. A cork is generally made from the bark of a cork tree. A stopper can be made from anything. A cork generally goes in a wine bottle. Stopper has a much wider use, for example a plug for a drain.
    3. Paint flakes off a wall.
    4. You can see a telescope at an observatory or at an optical instrument store.
    1. would require a 1,500 word essay. Maybe someone else can have a go at that.

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    #5

    Re: What is?

    Hello Belly,

    Oddly enough, your nickname looks familiar too! So it probably was on another forum.

    I agree with Raymott that #1 is quite a complex subject. So this is only a very rough attempt to distinguish them:

    With irony, we say the opposite to what we mean, but in the expectation that some listeners (but not necessarily all) will understand our true meaning.

    Sarcasm is a form of irony: we say the opposite to what we mean, but in a particular emphatic tone (a distinctive "sarcastic" tone), so that all our listeners are in no doubt about our true meaning.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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