Duolingo is the most popular way to learn languages in the world. Best of all, it's 100% free!

https://www.duolingo.com/julia_sedore

whats the difference between kid and child?

I answered kid and it marked it wrong because it was supposed to be child, whats the dif?

2 years ago

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/bibliophage69
bibliophage69
  • 24
  • 23
  • 20
  • 18
  • 14
  • 12
  • 12
  • 11
  • 10
  • 7
  • 7
  • 7
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 1039

"Kid" is very informal when referring to to a human child. In more formal language, it refers to a young goat. It's up to the powers that be to decide if they want to accept "kid" as a synonym for "child."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
Lorel90
  • 25
  • 25
  • 23
  • 10
  • 7
  • 3
  • 1422

It should be accepted.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SupererAlex

When typing my german i use "kid" or "kids" and not child

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90
Lorel90
  • 25
  • 25
  • 23
  • 10
  • 7
  • 3
  • 1422

I do the same it is shorter

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/G6In3D
G6In3D
  • 12
  • 8
  • 6
  • 6
  • 5
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2

Kid is slang, while child is proper

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dcarl1
Dcarl1
  • 25
  • 9
  • 9

Kid is pretty informal. It also is typically used mostly for young children.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GoColts6
GoColts6
  • 15
  • 10
  • 9
  • 7
  • 6
  • 6
  • 2

I agree with what everyone said, especially Dcarl1 and bibliophage69. And you should probably move this to the English forums. Happy learning! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AndrewRangerG
AndrewRangerG
  • 17
  • 17
  • 11
  • 10
  • 9
  • 7
  • 5
  • 5
  • 3
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2

kid = thing of young age child = m/f/n offspring of ___

it is still flexible though

"my 19 year old son is my child but not a child"

1 month ago