rocks vs stones

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curiousmarcus

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I've searched the internet, as well as this forum, for the answer, but I'm not satisfied. So I'm posting again.

From what I've gleaned, rocks are bigger than stones. Is that all there is? My point in asking is I want to be sure I'm using the correct term when I'm pointing at a stone/rock and calling it so.

Can you lift a rock? If not, why is there the phrase Throwing rocks at my window?

Are stones more polished, and rocks more rugged and uneven?
 

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Yes, stones tend to be smaller than rocks. There are also pebbles and boulders. But the rock/stone difference is just a guide. The stones at Stonehenge are massive.
 

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On the other hand "Rockhenge" would be a good name for an outdoor music festival.
 

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I use 'rocks' and 'stones' interchangeably. I climb over rocks and stones, but I also throw (or if they're neat looking, collect!) rocks and stones.

If I really want to emphasize the size, I'd use terms like pebble or gravel for the small stuff, and boulders for the large ones.

Every once in a while, when I get a new group of students, I'll buy some chocolate rocks and proceed to make a show of eating them in front of my students, then try and entice them to try them. It always draws a good reaction.
 

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I use 'rocks' and 'stones' interchangeably. I climb over rocks and stones, but I also throw (or if they're neat looking, collect!) rocks and stones.

If I really want to emphasize the size, I'd use terms like pebble or gravel for the small stuff, and boulders for the large ones.

I agree.

Now excuse me. I'm off to Rockhenge. . . .
 

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Now excuse me. I'm off to Rockhenge. . . .

Are the Stones playing, by any chance?
 

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A stone circle, I presume.
 
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