"זה עידן או תקופה?"

Translation:Is that an era or period?

July 8, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JamesTWils

Is there a difference between these two?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bar_an

The same as in English. עידן is a very long תקופה. (decades or centuries)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JamesTWils

That is a distinction I have never come across in history. We can talk about the Enlightenment Period or Picasso's Blue Period, the Bronze Age or the Augustan Age. I think they do mean different things in geology. Just to get back to Hebrew, then, a עידן may be as short as a few months (it seems to be used for season in another question), but a תקופה would be something lasting decades or centuries?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bar_an

I guess a few months can be called עידן if they were a very important part of history... again, it's the same distinction between Period and Age in English.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tre_mojosa

In the geologic time scale, they are different subdivisions, although I'm a little fuzzy on exactly what an era is. I think eras encompass periods. It's debatable whether Precambrian (the time before atmospheric oxygen and life, more or less) is an era or period or something else, but it tends to get lumped together and treated as a period in practice.

Eras would be large periods, like Paleozoic (Cambrian through the Permian extinction), Mesozoic (dinosaurs), and Cenozoic (last ~65 million years or so). Periods are what you typically hear about when describing rock ages, etc. There are several mnemonics out there to help memorize them. Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Mississippian, Pennsylvanian (the latter two lumped into Carboniferous in Europe), Permian for Paleozoic. Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous periods for Mesozoic era. Tertiary and Quaternary periods, often subdivided further, for Cenozoic.

The takeaway, I think, is that eras encompass periods.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/metasj

A strange sentence. Better to use one that uses the words in some context.

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