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    What's the difference between 'expense'and 'expenditure'?

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    Re: What's the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by thenotebook View Post
    What's the difference between 'expense'and 'expenditure'?
    Dear Notebook:

    Try looking up both words here:

    Dictionary.com

    They are very similar and, in some cases, synonymous. There can be shades of meaning and usage, though. The examples at dictionary.com will help you sort them out.

    Petra

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    Re: What's the difference?

    Right. When you're talking about money, expenditure is more an accounting and bookkeeping term. When you're not talking about money but not in financial language, expense is usually better.

    -(Financial language) How did the manager explain the expenditure?
    -(Ordinary language) Buying the Ferrari was a huge expense for Rita.

    Both have meanings beyond money. For instance:

    -Mining the coal required a huge expenditure of energy.
    -They mined the coal at the expense of the environment.


    In those cases, the two words are not interchangeable.

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