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    distinguish between "barbarous" and "barbaric"

    Please help me to distinguish between "barbarous" and "barbaric"

    I don't know what to chose to finish my exercise:

    The ________destruction of the three Buddha statues by the Taliban is_________. (BARBARISM- EXCUSE)

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    Re: distinguish between "barbarous" and "barbaric"

    Quote Originally Posted by san2612 View Post
    Please help me to distinguish between "barbarous" and "barbaric"

    I don't know what to chose to finish my exercise:

    The ________destruction of the three Buddha statues by the Taliban is_________. (BARBARISM- EXCUSE)
    Both of them are adjective. But barbarous is formal.

    For me...

    The barbarous destruction of the three Buddha statues by the Taliban is barbaric. Hope someone will explain it for you...

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    Re: distinguish between "barbarous" and "barbaric"

    Thanks but I only don't know what to chose to finish the first blank, not the second :D

    The barbarous destruction of the three Buddha statues by the Taliban is unexcusable

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    Re: distinguish between "barbarous" and "barbaric"

    Quote Originally Posted by san2612 View Post
    Thanks but I only don't know what to chose to finish the first blank, not the second :D

    The barbarous destruction of the three Buddha statues by the Taliban is unexcusable

    The barbarous destruction of the three Buddha statues by the Taliban is inexcusable.

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    Re: distinguish between "barbarous" and "barbaric"

    Quote Originally Posted by san2612 View Post
    Thanks but I only don't know what to chose to finish the first blank, not the second :D

    The barbarous destruction of the three Buddha statues by the Taliban is unexcusable
    That's why.. I cannot understand the question at first because both are similar. The only different thing is one is formal (barbarous). I think barbarous suit the context of the sentence...

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    Re: distinguish between "barbarous" and "barbaric"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The barbarous destruction of the three Buddha statues by the Taliban is inexcusable.
    Are "unexcusable" and "inexcusable" the same words?
    Unexcusable - definition of Unexcusable by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    #8

    Re: distinguish between "barbarous" and "barbaric"

    That's a tricky question, if you ask me...

    This is the first time I've ever heard about unexcusable. So I believe that it is wrong while inexcusable is correct.

    I cannot explain why they have the entry at that site. But as far as I'm concerned, I'd already check every dictionary that I have including Oxford, Collins, MacMillan, American Heritage and so forth, there's no such entry exist.

    However, I hope Bhaisahab, another native speakers or teachers will explain to you regarding to this matter...

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