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Word Wangling is a collection of fun word games to help you look for patterns, shapes and relationships between letters and words.

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Hello. Please, which one is correct? Why?
- The monastery of St. Catherine has a massive wall from 12 to 18 metres (high - tall)
Thank you.

Hello Ahmed Imam,

I would use 'high' here. Please see this explanation of 'high' and 'tall' for more information.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. Could you tell me the clear difference between "fiction" and "literature"? Which one is suitable.
- As a writer, Charles Dickens was famous for writing (fiction - literature).
Thank you.

Hello Ahmed Imam,

'fiction' refers to stories that the writer has made up. 'literature' is basically high-quality fiction, i.e. stories that have high artistic value.

I think the problem here is the sentence you are asking about. Dickens' works are considered literature, but the sentence 'Dickens was famous for writing literature' sounds a bit odd to me, perhaps because fiction usually comes to be considered literature after a number of years, and often after its writer has passed away. So I'd say 'for writing fiction' for this particular sentence.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. I have looked up the words "sign" and "signal" but I can't decide which one is correct to use in the following sentence!
- The result of the election is a clear (sign - signal) that voters are unhappy.
Thank you.

Hello Ahmed Imam,

I think the main difference is that signal is a deliberate act - an intended act of communication - while sign may be deliberate but it may simply exist without any intention. Thus, a political protest can be described as a sign or a signal of unhappiness, but dark clouds in the sky are a sign of rain not a signal.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much. I understand that both "sign" and "signal" are correct in the sentence: "The result of the election is a clear (sign - signal) that voters are unhappy.", right?

Hello Ahmed Imam

Yes, as Peter explained, they can both be correct but mean slightly different things.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. Could you please help me? What is the difference in meaning between:
- People seek out respectable professions.
- People seek out respected professions.

Thank you.

Hello Ahmed Imam

They have a similar meaning. As far as I know, 'respected' is typically used to speak about admiration for people or institutions, but it doesn't sound wrong to me to use it with 'professions'. 'respectable' usually focuses more on someone or something being socially acceptable or good in some way.

I'd recommend checking the 'Examples from the Corpus' section of the Longman Dictionary entries, where you can see examples of how these words are used. Then you can choose the one that best communicates the meaning you would like to express.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

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