[General] Comment or commentary

Elenichka

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Hallo!

Could you tell what the difference is between the two phrases:
- actual comment
- topical commentary
and in what context they can be used.
Thank you!
 

Charlie Bernstein

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Hallo!

Could you tell what the difference is between the two phrases:

- actual comment


That might be a direct quote or a remark that more truly addresses the subject:

Me: He hates the cook.
You: What did he say?
Me: His actual comment? "This soup takes like he drained it from a crankcase."

You: Did you like the movie?
Me: I was inspired. It changed my life. It opened new horizons. It was a true testament to the human spirit.
You: That's good. But do you have an actual comments?

But it's an odd word combination. It hard to think of a comment that isn't an actual comment. Either it's a comment or it isn't. Have you looked up the words?

- topical commentary


Again, have you looked the words up? Where are you having trouble?

The adjective topical comes from the noun topic and concerns current events - happenings in the news right now. Commentary is spoken and written words addressing the topic.

One who offers commentary - in broadcast news, newspapers, magazines, or blogs, or podcasts, for instance - is called a commentator (even though commentate is not a word).


and in what context they can be used.

The difference is that any remark about something is a comment, while commentary is structured, formal, and usually lengthier.

Thank you!
You're welcome.
 
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