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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. 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

Hello. In the following sentence, can I use "wrongly" instead of "wrong"? I can't differentiate between them.
- He answered the questions wrong. He got low marks.
Thank you.

Hello again. I, Egyptian, am not a native speaker of English so I am confused about the correct use and meaning of some words like "incredible" in the following sentence. I think it is not suitable, right?
- It seems "incredible" that no one could solve this simple problem.
Thank you.

Hello Ahmed Imam

That sounds OK to me. Another way to say the same thing is 'It's difficult to believe that no one could solve this problem'. If you look at the third example language in this dictionary entry for 'incredible', you'll see a very similar sentence.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. Could you please help me?
Is the following sentence correct using the word "code"?
- "Code" is a system of words, numbers or signs that allows you to send a secret message.
Some teachers say that we must use "Password" instead of "code", what do you say?
Thank you.

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