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?

January 18, 2016

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/bibliophage69

"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."

January 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90

It should be accepted.

January 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SupererAlex

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

January 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90

I do the same it is shorter

January 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/G6In3D

Kid is slang, while child is proper

January 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Dcarl1

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

January 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/GoColts6

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

January 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Andruoooo

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"

August 6, 2018
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