garbage, rubbish, junk

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Garbage, rubbish, junk

What is the difference between them?
Pls give examples showing in which situation each the above is used.
Many thanks!
 

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I think they all mean the same. ;-)
 

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Anonymous said:
Garbage, rubbish, junk

What is the difference between them?
Pls give examples showing in which situation each the above is used.
Many thanks!

garbage = trash as in household waste
garbage = talking trash (US) about some one. Saying nasty things about someone
rubbish =hardly used in US
junk = useless things
 

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In British English, we use 'rubbish' much more than 'garbage'. ;-)
 

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And we use 'mail' rather than 'post'. We must have picked it upfrom the States.;-)
 

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In reply to tdol

Is it correct to say that the British English and American English are "melting" slowly :?: :wink:

BTW: rubbish is a also a synonym for nonsens, isn't it :?:

Correct me please if not, I have started to put up a synonym list for my nephew who will be soon in his 6th year of learning English. :)

THX Ulli :D
 

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We can borrow freely from each other, but continue to develop our own styles. What the internet has showed me is just how many small differences there between the two. However, they rarely impede comprehension. I wouldn't say we're melting or merging, but we can take whatever we like from each other. ;-)

(Nonsense)
 

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Yes, that's great, :wink: but at school the British and American expressions are taken very strict. I think it's better to learn these separately before one ma use them freely. :?:

Do you agree with me :?: :wink:


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There are many areas where the words are different- we never use 'pants' for 'trousers', though 'movie' and 'film' are both used here now. It is important to know the areas where the words are different, so learning them separately does make sense. ;-)
 
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