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    "leave" and "quit"

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether there is any scarcely perceptible difference of the meaning of the synonyms “leave” and “quit”?


    • He has just left.
    • Without a word he left her.
    • He kissed his mother and left the room.
    • She left the room but only for a few moments.
    • He left the ship and gazed after it regretfully.
    • He repeated his apologies and quitted the room.
    • I grew afraid and turned to quit the room.
    • He quitted the laboratory with a sign of relief.


    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 01-Jul-2009 at 16:30.

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    Re: "leave" and "quit"

    ESL texts frequently make up rather odd sentences to teach with; also, mediocre authors tend to over-use their thesaurus to sound interesting.

    Having said that, the usual usage is this: "to leave" (Anglo-Saxon) is a plain, material departure, without connotations of separation from a social situation or group. "To quit" (French) usually implies a departure from a club, organisation, institution, on a more conceptual, long-term basis.

    Not all of the examples cited are natural to me.

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    Exclamation Re: "leave" and "quit"

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether there is any scarcely perceptible difference of the meaning of the synonyms “leave” and “quit”?


    • He has just left.(Going away from the place may be temporay)
    • Without a word he left her. (Going away from her is permanent)
    • He kissed his mother and left the room.(May come back again to see his mother, so the departure is temporary.)
    • She left the room but only for a few moments. (Will come back after some time.
    • He left the ship and gazed after it regretfully. (Going away from the ship is perment.)
    • He repeated his apologies and quitted the room.(Left permanetly)
    • I grew afraid and turned to quit the room.(Thought of leaving the room to get rid of fear)
    • He quitted the laboratory with a sign of relief. (Left for good)

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
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