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    How to separate these words

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    Dedicated and devoted life.

    How to separate these words? I looked up in dictionary and they have the same (almost) meaning so I thought that the difference shoud be very slight.
    Could you tell me what they mean in the particular sentence?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: How to separate these words

    Quote Originally Posted by greegorush View Post
    Hello.

    Dedicated and devoted life.

    How to separate these words? I looked up in dictionary and they have the same (almost) meaning so I thought that the difference shoud be very slight.
    Could you tell me what they mean in the particular sentence?

    Thanks in advance.
    You haven't given a sentence. It's impossible to speculate whether they are supposed to mean different things in your phrase.
    But many people use two adjectives like this, when one would suffice.

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    Re: How to separate these words

    Thanks.

    You're right. It is a title to an article.

    But many people use two adjectives like this, when one would suffice.

    I suppose it is an answer to my question, right? Or they still have a differnce in meaning?

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    Re: How to separate these words

    Quote Originally Posted by greegorush View Post
    Thanks.

    You're right. It is a title to an article.

    But many people use two adjectives like this, when one would suffice.

    I suppose it is an answer to my question, right? Or they still have a differnce in meaning?
    In the context, the intended meaning is probably the same. It's a case of using two adjectives in case one of them misses an essential quality that the author wants to communicate. The author is trying to make sure that the attribute he intends is communicated, so hedges his first choice with another.
    "Dedicated and devoted" means "dedicated in the sense of devoted, and vice versa".


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    Re: How to separate these words

    'dedicated' refers to time or effort focussed to a particular task or purpose.
    'devoted' (as an adjective, as in your title) means loyal or loving.

    Hence, use of both words combines the objective idea of focussed time and effort, with the subjective, emotional aspects of feelings of love and loyalty.

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