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    receive and recipient

    Dear teachers,
    I have two questions to ask:

    I am confused by "receiver" and "recipient". Both can mean "a person who receives something". Could you please explain if they are absolute synonyms in this sense?

    I am confused by "surplus" and "abundatn'. I think the former bears a negative meaning, which mean there is so much that we feel headache about it while the latter simply indicates there is a large amount of something. Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by jiang; 23-Sep-2008 at 04:56.

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    Re: receive and recipient

    A recipient is generally a person who gets something.

    A receiver can be the same, but it also means an electronic device that receives signals.

    Receiver has some more meanings such as ;

    -In American football it is the player who is good at being in the right place to catch the ball that is thrown.

    -A person who receives stolen goods

    -The person whom the court appoints to manage the financial affairs of someone who is bankrupt.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: receive and recipient

    "surplus" and "abundatn'=abundant has a meaning of -a lot-;
    surplus has a meaning of -beyond a certain amount.
    "Where this years rice crop may be abundant, there isn't a surplus."

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