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Difference Between Use and Usage

Use vs Usage

Use and Usage are two words that are often confused and hence, are interchanged. It is not correct to interchange them since they are different in their meanings. The word ‘use’ is used in the sense of ‘apply’. On the other hand, the word ‘usage’ is used in the sense of ‘practice’ or ‘convention’. This is the main difference between the two words.

Observe the two sentences,

1. I used it for a long time.

2. She did use it very well.

In both the sentences, you can find that the word ‘use’ is used in the sense of ‘apply’ and hence, the meaning of the first sentence would be ‘I applied it for a long time’, and the meaning of the second sentence would be ‘she applied it very well’.

Observe the two sentences,

1. The usage of the word is different.

2. It has its own usage.

In both the sentences, you can find that the word ‘usage’ is used in the sense of ‘convention’ or ‘practice’ and hence, the meaning of the first sentence would be ‘the convention of the word is different’, and the meaning of the second sentence would be ‘it has its own practice’.

It is interesting to note that the word ‘usage’ is frequently used in English grammar. In short, it can be said that the word is a grammar related word. On the other hand, the word ‘use’ is generally used as a verb as you can see from the sentences given above. At the same time it can be used as a noun also as in the sentence ‘he is not aware of its use’. In this sentence, the word ‘use’ is used as a noun and the meaning of the sentence would be ‘he is not aware of its utility’. Here the word ‘use’ is used in the sense of ‘utility’.


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