Electric, Electrical and Electronic

LANGUAGE FOCUS | Vocabulary


In this lesson, we will take a look at the difference between three words that are often confused: electric, electrical and electronic. This distinction can be found in the nouns they collocate with.

  • First, have a look at the video and then check the examples.

  • Then, try the activity to practice using them in context.


Here are some sample sentences that I took from the Corpus of Contemporary American English:

Electric

  1. Never. Ask Jenner's old friends, and they'll describe a cheerful, electric personality with a natural charisma and warmth. " Bruce was like a big kid…

  2. …deliveries climbed 55 percent from a year earlier to more than 10,000 cars. The electric vehicle maker announced in February that it expects to deliver 55,000 vehicles in 2015,…

  3. …where they can find the nearest publicly accessible defibrillator, a device that sends an electric shock to the heart to try to restore its normal rhythm. The app is…

  4. …saga chronicled nationally at the time. Carthan was acquitted of murder and avoided the electric chair, but upon his release from prison on the lesser charges, he sank…

  5. …information to investors with little fanfare, agony or cost. NorthWestern Energy, an electric and gas utility based in Sioux Falls, S.D., began listing its executive-to-worker pay…

Electrical

  1. …paint now faded and splotched with black mold, their balconies tied with webs of electrical wires and facing a courtyard of dirt. " We used to have grass here…

  2. The work done included replacing the roof, putting in new windows, upgrading the electrical system, replacing the water heater, waterproofing the basement, creating an open layout…

  3. …that just happens to feature movie and TV stars. " We barely have enough electrical current to operate a space heater and a microwave oven at the same time without…

  4. …, in a sea trial in the calm waters of Puget Sound, a faulty electrical connection caused the $400 million containment dome to shoot to the surface without warning,…

  5. …separate incident on the November return from the Beaufort Sea, the tug had an electrical blackout, and one of its main diesel engines overheated, rendering it unusable until…

Electronic

  1. apples. # The interview portfolio is not the same as the huge binder or electronic portfolio made by candidates for program completion. It should contain only six to eight

  2. …monitored to ensure on-task behavior and learning. To ensure access to appropriate information from electronic and nonelectronic sources, I frequently asked students about their progress and where they were…

  3. …have typically been missing in the literature. Most descriptions of adults' use of electronic discussion groups for advancing literate practices have focused on their incorporation in educational programs to…

  4. …and archived each message. # We also collected documents. We archived printouts of electronic resources referred to by list members. These included members' blogs and homepages of…

  5. …8), 677-685. # Daley, B. (2002). An exploration of electronic discussion as an adult learning strategy. PAACE Journal of Lifelong Learning, 11 (…


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