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    drop and droplet, contend and contention, ignorant of and about

    Dear teachers,

    I have three questions to ask:

    No.1
    drop: a small round shaped amount of liquid
    droplet: a small round shaped amount of liquid
    According to these definitions the two words a abosolute synonyms. Is that right?

    No.2
    First, contend: v. to compete in order to win something.
    contention: n. be in/out of contention for sth to be able/not able to
    achieve or win something, especially in sport.
    Second, there is the word 'contention', which means 'the disagreement that results from opposing arguments' or 'an opinion expressed in an argument'.
    My question is: are there verb forms of the nouns in second group ?

    No.3
    'ignorant of ' and 'ignorant about' are interchangeable. Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang


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    Re: drop and droplet, contend and contention, ignorant of and about

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I have three questions to ask:

    No.1
    drop: a small round shaped amount of liquid
    droplet: a small round shaped amount of liquid
    According to these definitions the two words a abosolute synonyms. Is that right?

    A droplet is a very small drop


    No.2
    First, contend: v. to compete in order to win something.
    contention: n. be in/out of contention for sth to be able/not able to
    achieve or win something, especially in sport.
    Second, there is the word 'contention', which means 'the disagreement that results from opposing arguments' or 'an opinion expressed in an argument'.
    My question is: are there verb forms of the nouns in second group ?

    I contend that your argument is right
    .

    No.3
    'ignorant of ' and 'ignorant about' are interchangeable. Is that right?

    I see ignorant of as meaning you do not know about something [I was ignorant of his loss], and ignorant about as meaning you do not know the content or details of something [I am ignorant about nuclear physics]


    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
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