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    What is the difference?!

    Hello friends
    Could you tell please what is the difference between these two adjectives: considerable and significant? can we say that they convey the idea of something being large or sizeable?
    Ex:
    There has been a significant increase in the number of women students in recent years.
    A recent survey showed that a considerable number of parents have little knowledge about the signs of drug use.

    Thanks in advance.
    sara


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    Re: What is the difference?!

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    Hello friends
    Could you tell please what is the difference between these two adjectives: considerable and significant? can we say that they convey the idea of something being large or sizeable?
    Ex:
    There has been a significant increase in the number of women students in recent years.
    A recent survey showed that a considerable number of parents have little knowledge about the signs of drug use.

    Thanks in advance.
    sara
    Significant - important or noticeable; in statistical use = of or pertaining to observations that are unlikely to occur by chance and that therefore indicate a systematic cause. The sentence you give is using it in this way.

    Considerable - rather large or great in size, distance, extent

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