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    affair, busines, matter, thing

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the difference in the usage of the “affair”, “business”, “matter” and “thing”?

    1. It was a sorry affair.
    2. It was a terrible affair.
    3. The Elderson affair had been bad, but somehow not pitiful like this.
    But
    4. It was a horrible business.
    5. It was a shady business.
    6. But the Chicago business! I knew it would come up.
    But
    7. Here has a strange thing happened.
    8. The shipwreck was a tragic thing.
    9. This thing worries me greatly.
    10. We’ve got to end this thing before it gets of hand.
    But
    11. You are mad, I tell you- mad to imagine that I would raise a finger to help you…I will have nothing to do with this matter, whatever it is.
    12. The difference between himself and his wife had now become a matter of cmmon knowledge….
    13. However he decided to deal with this matter…he would donothing that might injute Fleur.
    or
    14. The mechanism of a clock is a complicated affair.
    15. They were flimsy affirs, these cars.
    16. And these Tubes were convenient things.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: affair, busines, matter, thing

    Affair, business and matter are all the same, except that affair sometimes has an additional romantic connotation, business a financial connotation, matter a more general meaning, and thing a less formal style.


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    Re: affair, busines, matter, thing

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the difference in the usage of the “affair”, “business”, “matter” and “thing”?

    1. It was a sorry affair.
    2. It was a terrible affair.
    3. The Elderson affair had been bad, but somehow not pitiful like this.
    But
    4. It was a horrible business.
    5. It was a shady business.
    6. But the Chicago business! I knew it would come up.
    But
    7. Here has a strange thing a strange thing has happened.
    8. The shipwreck was a tragic thing.
    9. This thing worries me greatly.
    10. We’ve got to end this thing before it gets out of hand.
    But
    11. You are mad, I tell you- mad to imagine that I would raise a finger to help you…I will have nothing to do with this matter, whatever it is.
    12. The difference between himself and his wife had now become a matter of cmmon knowledge….
    13. However he decided to deal with this matter…he would donothing that might injute Fleur.
    or
    14. The mechanism of a clock is a complicated affair.
    15. They were flimsy affirs, these cars.
    16. And these Tubes were convenient things.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
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