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    • Join Date: Sep 2007
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    #1

    expand/ extend

    Hello evrybody
    I wonder which one is correct in use and sounds more natural English:
    1)Extending your vocabulary. Or: Expanding your vocabulary.(as a title of an article).
    2)I want to expand my reading comrehension. Or: I want to extend my reading comprehension.
    3)You should expand your knowledge by being in touch with what's new in your field. Or: You should extend your knowledge...

    Thanks a lot in advance.

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    Re: expand/ extend

    1)Extending your vocabulary. Or: Expanding/increasing your vocabulary.(as a title of an article).

    2)I want to expand my reading compehension. Or: I want to extend my reading comprehension. Neither. I want to improve

    3)You should expand/update your knowledge by (being)keeping in touch with what's new in your field. Or: You should extend your knowledge...

    Generally, to expand is to increase in size overall, to extend is to increase in certain aspect/direction.

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