ruin vs spoil

Status
Not open for further replies.

jctgf

Key Member
Joined
Oct 27, 2007
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Portuguese
Home Country
Tuvalu
Current Location
Tuvalu
"can it get/be ruined?"
"can it get/be spoiled?"

hi,

I would like to know the difference between these verbs. do they mean basically the process of changing from a good state to a bad one?
how should I use them?
how shouldn't I use them?

thanks.
 

Anglika

No Longer With Us
Joined
Oct 19, 2006
Member Type
Other
Ruined means completely trashed and unusable; spoiled means damaged but not necessarily to the point of no return.

The watercolour painting fell into the bath and as a result was ruined.

The effect of his decoration was spoiled by his use of a virulent green on the ceiling.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top