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    present/gift

    Hello teacher! Please help me.
    I want to give my boss a golden hand chain as a present/gift.
    I want to give my younger borther a golden hand chain as a present/gift.
    I want to give my friend a golden hand chain as a present/gift.
    What is the difference between present and gift.
    Are they the same?
    Can we subsititute them with each other?
    Thank you in advance!

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    #2

    Re: present/gift

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    Hello teacher! Please help me.
    I want to give my boss a golden hand chain as a present/gift.
    I want to give my younger borther a golden hand chain as a present/gift.
    I want to give my friend a golden hand chain as a present/gift.
    What is the difference between present and gift.
    Are they the same?
    Can we subsititute them with each other?
    Thank you in advance!
    They mean the same thing. Yes, you can substitute them.

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    #3

    Re: present/gift

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    They mean the same thing. Yes, you can substitute them.
    Thank you for your reply.
    Let me ask again.
    Some Myanmar teachers of English say:
    When you want to give something to the poor people, your younger people, use the gift.
    When you want to give something to the rich people, higher person, father, mother, etc, use the present.
    What is your suggestion?
    Thank you very much.

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    #4

    Re: present/gift

    I would say your teachers have a different view of the words than this native speaker.

    But the thing I found odd in your sentence was "a golden hand chain."
    Did you mean "a gold bracelet"?

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    #5

    Re: present/gift

    The Myanmese obviously consider 'present' to be better/more elaborate than 'gift'.
    I think there are some collocations as to the use of the two words.
    You say 'god's gift to mankind', not 'god's present to mankind'.
    There are a lot of gifts(not presents) to be won in the competition.

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    #6

    Re: present/gift

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I would say your teachers have a different view of the words than this native speaker.

    But the thing I found odd in your sentence was "a golden hand chain."
    Did you mean "a gold bracelet"?
    Not the same.
    Maybe a golden hand chain is a Burmese English.
    Ladies wear a gold bracelet and men wear a golden hand chain. They have the different patterns,and both are made of gold.

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    #7

    Re: present/gift

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    There are a lot of gifts(not presents) to be won in the competition.
    If you have to win them, they're not gifts/presents.
    "gift" is not used in this context (unless you mean they were donated by a third party to the competition organisers, and then awarded to the winner).

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    #8

    Re: present/gift

    OK, those are gifts to be won in a lucky draw then.
    Yes, you win prizes in a competition.

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    #9

    Re: present/gift

    Even if they are part of a drawing, they are still prizes, not gifts.
    Door prizes, etc.

    The "hand chain" is a new concept to me. I would love to hear from other areas whether you differentiate between a bracelet and a hand chain?

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    #10

    Re: present/gift

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Even if they are part of a drawing, they are still prizes, not gifts.
    Door prizes, etc.

    The "hand chain" is a new concept to me. I would love to hear from other areas whether you differentiate between a bracelet and a hand chain?
    When I searched "hand chain" and "bracelet" on the internet, I found they are the same.
    In my country, we call "hand chain" if we wear bracelet at the hand and foot chain if we wear it at the foot. In our thought, bracelet is not the same to hand chain or foot chain.
    Therefore, I've already said it is maybe a Burmese English.

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