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    Red face Vocabulary

    I have a problem. I've been studying for FCE and I don't know the difference between the following words:

    a) sight x seeing
    b) movement x moving
    c) speed x velocity (in the expression " a burst of speed", what does it mean?)
    d) What does the expression "catch view of" mean?

    Thanks a lot.
    Last edited by Casiopea; 22-Jan-2005 at 05:54. Reason: email address removed

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    Re: Vocabulary

    a) sight vs. seeing: Seeing is the act of perceiving by means of the eyes, whereas sight is either what is perceived or the ability to see.
    b) movement vs. moving: This is somewhat tricky. As an analogy to a) we could say that a movement is a change in position or pose, while moving is actually changing that or that changing and the way in which it happens (i.e. it can be either a transitive or intransitive verb). What is tricky is that moving is also an adjective, used for something in motion.
    c) speed vs. velocity: synonymous. A burst of speed: a sudden increase in speed. Speed is the rate at which movement occurs.
    d) Look at, take a look at.

    Hope this helps.


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